Amazon Web Services (AWS) has maintained its seemingly unbreakable dominance in the public cloud space, owning 40 per cent of the market in Q1 this year.
Synergy Research Group claims that AWS continues to lead the way in all regions, with Microsoft the second-largest provider in three of four regions. Alibaba is estimated to have outperformed Microsoft in APAC.
AWS, Microsoft and Google account for around 60 per cent of the global market between them, Synergy claimed.
John Dinsdale, chief analyst at Synergy, said: "Despite some local data sovereignty and regulatory issues, in most meaningful ways public cloud computing is essentially a global market.
"This is a game of scale and to be a market leader demands vast ongoing investments, a global presence and a global brand.
"Of course there will often be local issues that might enable local companies to carve out niche positions for themselves, but they will remain small, local players in a specific country or sub-region.
"It is also true that in such cases the global leaders can usually deploy different local strategies to enable them to succeed. With the glaring exception of China, we view this as a truly global market."
Google is ranked in third place by Synergy in all regions, except for APAC.
Synergy claimed that the APAC market does not follow the pattern of other territories because of the prominence of local providers in China.
In April, Synergy claimed that AWS gobbled up 33 per cent of global cloud infrastructure services spend in Q1 - well ahead of second-placed Microsoft, which saw less than 15 per cent.
This growth was driven by a year-on-year global spend increase of 51 per cent.
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