Recent Growth of Microsoft Azure

Last month, Microsoft reported that Azure, its public cloud offering, saw a 93 percent sales growth over revenue in 2015, almost doubling in size since last year. That’s incredible growth by any measure, but as the first managed service provider (MSP) to directly manage Azure workloads and a longtime provider of managed services for Microsoft applications, it doesn’t come as a surprise to us.

Over the past year, we have seen healthy growth in Azure inquiries at Datapipe. Over the past year, there’s been a healthy uptick in Azure inquiries. Last quarter, we saw a 25 percent rise in inquiries compared to Q3 2016 and a 40 percent increase over that same period in 2015. We’re positioned to provide a wide variety of managed services for environments on Azure, and these requests range from managing and running SQL server to utilizing Azure Site Recovery.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, public cloud adoption has also increased in line with the recent growth of Azure. In fact, according to a recent survey from Interop ITX and InformationWeek, the use of public clouds has jumped from 30 percent to 57 percent since 2012, while private cloud use fell from 52 percent to 40 percent in the same period. While there are a number of reasons why public clouds are popular—scalability, access to resources, and performance, to name a few—both private and hybrid environments also offer unique capabilities to organizations. In fact, 59 percent of North American and European enterprise decision makers are adopting a hybrid cloud model, per Forrester.

We’re proud to offer a wide-range of Microsoft-specific solutions. If your company is interested in migrating to Azure, Datapipe is ready to help guide you in your journey. Our team of experienced engineers will work with your IT department to plan, build, and run your work cycles. And as far as the ecosystem’s growth, we’re enjoying being along for the ride and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

David Lucky is a Product Marketing leader at Rackspace for the Managed Public Cloud services group, a global business unit focused on delivering end-to-end digital transformation services on AWS, Azure, GCP and Alibaba. David came to Rackspace from Datapipe where as Director of Product Management for six years he led product development in building services to help enterprise clients leverage managed IT services to solve complex business challenges. David has unique insight into the latest product developments for private, public and hybrid cloud platforms and a keen understanding of industry trends and their impact on business development. He holds an engineering degree from Lehigh University and is based out of Jersey City, NJ. You can follow David on LinkedIn at and Twitter @Luckys_Blog.