Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure top cloud dev choices, says survey

Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure top cloud dev choices, says survey

Summary: Based on Forrester's data, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a lead, but Windows Azure and Google's cloud isn't far behind.


Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Windows Azure are the most commonly used platforms for enterprise cloud developers, according to a Forrester Research survey.

The survey covers a lot of ground. For instance, cloud developers are typically using platforms for infrastructure as a service, gravitate to operating systems like Windows 8 much faster than the public and favor open source technologies.

Here's a shot of the cloud pecking order as it stands today for enterprise software developers.


Based on Forrester's data, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a lead, but Windows Azure and Google's cloud isn't far behind. Meanwhile, established enterprise vendors such as IBM, Oracle and HP are also players. Salesforce also has momentum, but has a majority of developers who have no plans to do anything with and Heroku. Rackspace, Red Hat and HP have similar challenges.

The Forrester survey also turned up a few interesting data points about cloud developers. Cloud developers were defined as those using cloud/elastic applications. The sample size for cloud developers was 125 and 572 for those not using cloud applications with 1,815 respondents overall. Among the key items:

  • Application integration, mobile and internal Web applications are the three top uses for cloud environments over the last 12 months.
  • HTML, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby and Python are the top languages. Custom applications that use SQL databases and application servers are also dev technologies that have been used in last 24 months.
  • Enterprise cloud developers are targeting desktop PCs, laptops and browsers for their software. Smartphones and tablets are also key, but middle of the priority list.
  • Open source technologies dominate for cloud developers.
  • Cloud platforms are largely used for infrastructure such as compute and storage as well as relational database.
  • 19 percent of cloud developers use Windows 8. 3 percent of non-cloud developers use Windows 8.
  • Cloud developers generally are more aligned with the business compared to their non-cloud counterparts.
  • Cloud developers spend more time coding on their own time. For instance, 7 percent of cloud developers say they average 20 hours a week programming for personal reasons compared to 3 percent non-cloud. Another 14 percent of cloud providers said they average between 11 and 20 hours a week programming on their own time compared to 3 percent non-cloud. And 33 percent of cloud developers average 5 hours to 10 hours a week programming on their own time compared to 15 percent non-cloud.
  • Forty one percent of non-cloud developers say they don't program or develop on their own time (19 percent of cloud developers had that response).
  • The top three developer frameworks for cloud were Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Apache Ant and IBM Build Forge.

Topics: Cloud, Enterprise Software, Software Development

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  • Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure top cloud dev choices, says survey

    Google will be number one before to long.....
    Over and Out
    • @ Enough Said

      Pass me what you smoke!

      How can a company that only understands consumer cloud services like Gmail, Gmaps and Google search understand anything about the enterprise?

      How can a company that claims that Unix and Windows servers do not belong in the enterprise talk about the enterprise?

      Let us talk when Google Apps creates more than 9 jobs in the whole country for resellers at any time.

      Developers who are primarily targeting the Linux server may have an interest in the Google Cloud but this is an early harbinger only. As time passes, I see only Amazon, Microsoft and may be IBM, HP and Oracle/Salesforce staying in the list. Google will get out since it will not be ready to handle the regulatory environment concerning data retention and data privacy which is contrary to its data storage policies for its consumer cloud service.
    • Google's App Engine is pretty weak

      unless you're a python fan, in which case it jumps to the fore. I know they've recently added Java support, but that's fairly limp. BigQuery and Google Compute are pretty cool, but there's a lot of "our way or the highway" to Google's offering.

      AWS and Azure are light years ahead in terms of offering horsepower and alternatives to devs. Neither one locks you into their way of doing things. In Azure, for instance, you can provide PHP based web services to an iOS app - something that goes nowhere near Microsoft's own dev stacks for either client or server. You can run an entirely Linux like back end infrastructure to an entirely Android like front end... Microsoft's just happy you're using their service.
    • Google has a real credibility problem in terms of "trust"

      businesses just don't trust Google to secure their data.

      End of Story.
      William Farrel
      • and they trust Microsoft?

        Who helped the NSA crack their own encryption, that their customers were using?????

        Surely you jest?
        • Forget about NSA

          If you google products such as chome browser then you are willingly opening a big hole in your data security since google can't get the basic thing such as encrypting password right. NSA is so much more powerful and sophisticated. With google products any Tom, *ick and Harry can snoop on you and steal your data.
  • they won't steal my data

    but since you freely give yours away to them enjoy all those ads on your scroogle devices/apps.
  • Azure will take over...

    I have used both Amazon and Azure services..., Azure will overtake everybody else very soon because its so easy to develop for Azure and works well with enterprise class applications. There are lot of choices in Azure which gives them a competitive advantage.
    • AWS isn't going anywhere

      this will be more like the Microsoft/Oracle struggle in DBs. Expect it to go years and remain a draw.
  • nsa

    With NSA at the back of ppl mind, the cloud providers should provide guarantee that data hosted will not be spied upon