Anything you can do I can do better: Cloud Wars; Microsoft drops $10B into Azure while Alibaba grows teeth

Alibaba_Chinese_logoAfter Alibaba promised to drop $1B into it’s Cloud Services this week, Microsoft has come back with a proper Annie response saying it is committing to ten times that amount. Alibaba is a huge threat to the big Cloud Providers with it’s ready access to the massive Asian, Middle East, and Russian markets and their enormous population and business base.

“We see that Amazon took 10 years to get to where it is today,” Mr. Hu said last week. “Aliyun is just past its sixth year and we hope to match or outperform Amazon within three or four years.”

Computer Business Review reports:

Software titan is investing more than $10 billion on data centres to expand its Azure cloud services.

In the cloud war, Microsoft, Alibaba, AWS and Google are all investing to expand their footprint by building out newdata centres.

Microsoft’s GM George Taylor yesterday revealed that the company is spending over $10 billion in building out Azure data centres, more than it spends annually on R&D.

Taylor said at GreenPages’ CloudScape 2015 conference Portsmouth, N.H: “The investment we are making in data centres is stunning. We used to invest about $10 billion in research per year, which we still do.

“Our data centre investments are more than that. It is unbelievable. I would have never thought that years ago. And they keep growing.”

Zahl Limbuwala, CEO of Romonet, told CBR: “The scale of Microsoft’s investment lays bare the sheer cost of building and managing data centres. As investment in these backbones of the cloud continues, one of the greatest priorities for those doing the investing will be understanding not just the scale of the investment involved, but where it will be spent.

“For instance, the most cost-intensive part of any data centre isn’t the initial building, or the technology that lives there, but the systems needed to ensure that the technology keeps running as expected; from power to cooling.”

Microsoft’s revelation comes less than two weeks after Alibaba’s data centre arm Aliyun Cloud Computing senior product director, Li Jin, announced international expansion in the US and Europe of the company’s cloud services with data centres being built in these regions. – Full Article Here

You’ll note the link in that last paragraph to the article telling is that Alibaba is in the process of building its second data centre in the continental U.S.

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