2015: Amazon Web Services earns $1 billion a year profit on $6 billion in revenues. Compare with $3.3 billion revenues for IBM Cloud.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Business Facts
AWS Revenues are bigger than IBM Cloud, Microsoft Cloud, and Google Cloud combined:
Amazon Web Services (AWS) generated $1.57 billion during the first quarter, which is inline with most analysts' projections, and it's pulling in about $6 billion per year.
AWS is also profitable. It kept $265 million this quarter and it's on track to hit $1 billion in annual profits.
This gives concrete proof that Amazon is, by at least one measure, the biggest cloud computing infrastructure player of all.
IBM wants to dispute that. Last week it told Business Insider, when you combine all the things it calls a cloud on a trailing twelve-month basis, its cloud revenue is $7.7 billion.
But it also clarified that what IBM is selling "as-a-Service" is on track to do $3.8 billion. That's a more apples-to-apples comparison to the kind of cloud that Amazon sells.
IBM is well known for selling something called the hybrid cloud, which is when companies buy hardware and software the old-fashioned way and install it in their data centers but set it up so that it can tap into IBM's cloud (hosted elsewhere) if they need more storage.
IBM also does well in the "private cloud," which is when companies remodel their data centers with hardware and software to mimic the big internet companies, which are are fast and efficient.
Microsoft's cloud services are at $6.3 billion a year. Microsoft on Thursday also revealed its latest cloud computing numbers — its cloud computing business is on track to pull revenues of $6.3 billion this year.
But this also isn't quite apples to apples. Microsoft includes its software-as-a-service apps, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM (a Salesforce competitor) in its cloud revenue. Its cloud infrastructure service, Azure, competes most directly against AWS. And it's some smaller portion of that $6.3 billion total. One person has told Business Insider that Azure revenue is at $1 billion lifetime since its debut in 2011, but is accelerating quickly.
Google earns about $7 billion a year from all non-advertising businesses. Google is thought to be behind Amazon, Microsoft and IBM in this race (but catching up fast). Google also released earnings this afternoon, and it said that its "Other" segment, which includes all its enterprise apps and its nascent cloud computing business, had revenues of $1.75 billion this quarter, or $7 billion a year.
But once again, this includes all businesses at Google outside of advertising, so there's a lot more than cloud computing in there.