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AWS Vs. Azure Vs. Google Cloud: 5 Cloud Spending Trends

Mark Haranas

Read where cloud-decision makers are placing their public cloud bets regarding spending and adoption of Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, according to Flexera’s new 2022 State of the Cloud Report.

Saving With Cloud Provider Discounts

One big strategy with cloud providers and buyers is that organizations can leverage public cloud discount options for additional cost savings.

Cloud provider pricing structures can be complex, but cloud provider discounts can identify opportunities to reduce costs. According to Flexera’s report, some organizations aren’t taking advantage of all the available discounts.

Breaking down the top AWS discounts being used, 36 percent of AWS users take advantage of reserved instances, 32 percent leverage AWS’ Enterprise Discount Program (EDP), and 31 percent use savings plans.

The top Azure discounts being leveraged by respondents include 37 percent using the Azure enterprise agreement (EA) discount, 32 percent using Azure reservice instances, and 26 percent using the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Approximately 26 percent of Google Cloud users leverage the company’s committed use discounts, while 10 percent use the Ad Hoc negotiated discounts, according to the survey.

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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