Microsoft Edged Out Its Cloud Computing Competitors in Q3

Q3 earnings continued to highlight big tech’s 2023 comeback with Microsoft edging out its competitors when it comes to cloud computing.

“On the cloud side, Microsoft reported growth of 29% at Azure,” CNBC reported. “That’s faster than Google Cloud’s 22% growth and more than double the pace of expansion at Amazon Web Services, which reported 12% growth.”

The software giant faces stiff competition from its other big tech peers like Amazon’s AWS. Nonetheless, Microsoft is seeing demand from companies that want to run their artificial intelligence (AI) models on Azure, its cloud computing service.

“Given our leadership position, we are seeing complete new project starts, which are AI projects,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “As you know, AI projects are not just about AI meters. They have lots of other cloud meters as well.”

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2 More Trades to Consider

Cloud computing should continue to be a story in big tech, so traders can consider the Direxion Daily Cloud Computing Bull 2X Shares ETF (CLDL), which seeks 200% of the daily performance of the Indxx USA Cloud Computing Index. The companies included in the index are involved in the delivery of computing services — servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and more, over the internet — more broadly referred to as “the cloud.”

The importance of AI has certainly come to the forefront this year in big tech’s comeback. Microsoft is no stranger to AI, with its $10 billion investment in OpenAI, which helped contribute to its recent 13% revenue jump.

“We are rapidly infusing AI across every layer of the tech stack and for every role and business process to drive productivity gains for our customers,” said Nadella in a statement.

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