With rising costs in almost every sector, businesses are facing tough decisions about their finances. For many, the cloud has been one of the first expenses to be cut loose. This comes as a shock to some who see the cloud as a major part of the future. Amazon’s AWS along with CoreWeave and Microsoft have all been dealing with unexpected challenges.
Is The Cloud Strong Enough?
It’s a sensitive time for the cloud industry. Just as the fairly new sector is finding its feet, the world has come upon a particularly rough patch. While many cloud providers are being hit hard right now, some continue to attract significant investment.
AWS and Microsoft have seen a fall in new customers. It is worth mentioning that both companies continue to grow, simply at a slower rate.
CoreWeave recently secured a $2.3bn investment in order to deal with mounting debts. The company, undeterred by its financial trouble, still plans to build 14 new data centres this year.
Meanwhile, Google Cloud has had an excellent financial year. But Microsoft has been declining, which is much more in line with wider industry themes.
AWS Reports Financial Losses
During the pandemic Amazon pocketed sky-high profits but since last 2021, growth for the business has been declining. A recent earnings report shows they are gradually regaining losses but still appear in a sorry state.
The company’s cloud arm, AWS, is struggling more than the rest of the company. It was thought by Amazon that AWS would lead the company into record profits, but that was not to be. Amazon reported a financial loss in 2022. Previously, it hadn’t done so since 2014.
The reason for this simply comes down to fewer sales and rising costs. It’s perhaps a shock for one of the world’s most renowned companies to go through – in the words of Evercore ISI analyst, Mark Mahaney – “a massive de-rating”.
This is a tough time for businesses from all over the world, in almost every sector. It’s no wonder that a not yet fully matured industry, like the cloud, is so susceptible to turbulent economic periods. Will all these cloud companies survive? Is the cloud sector going to be entirely reshaped? Or is this just a bump in the road?