While AWS is leading the cloud infrastructure market with wide margins, Microsoft is not doing too well, and second, the only other company with a two-digit share. Today, it announced a big deal with AT & T, which covers the cloud infrastructure services of Azure and Office 365.
A man with knowledge of the contract linked the combined deal with a clean $ 2 billion, which is a nice pen in Microsoft in the Microsoft blog that announces the deal, AT & T aims to move most of its non-networking workloads to the public cloud by 2024, and Microsoft has just received a large share of that pie, certainly one that competes with AWS, Google, and IBM (who completed the $ 34 billion Red Hat deal last week) are dear l to obtain.
As you would expect, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about the deal in excellent conditions around transformation and innovation. "Together we will apply the power of Azure and Microsoft 365 to transform the way AT & T's workforce collaborates and shape the future of media and communications for people everywhere," he said in a statement in the blog post
At the end they want to co-operate with emerging technologies such as 5G and believe that by combining Azure with AT & T's 5G network, the two companies can help customers create new types of applications and solutions. As an example, quoted in the blog post, they could see the use of the 5G network speed combined with a Azure AI voice translation to help the first responders communicate with a person who speaks in another language instantly.
It is worth noting that while this deal to bring Office 365 to 250,000 AT & T employees is a good profit, that part of the deal falls under the umbrella of SaaS so it will not help with Microsoft's cloud infrastructure market. Still, whatever way you cut it, it's a big deal.