In 2023 the cloud market is (still) dominated by three major providers:

  1. Microsoft Azure
  2. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  3. Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

I personally haven’t encountered a company in (aluminium) manufacturing that uses a different cloud than Azure. There is something about Microsoft that really appeals to our industry that tends to be more traditional.

Here are three reasons why I think manufacturers prefer Azure:

  1. Familiarity with Microsoft Windows and the Microsoft brand
  2. Lots of OT systems run on Windows servers
  3. Group effect: peers and competitors choosing Azure

So should your plant use Azure? - I think it doesn’t really matter. All cloud providers offer the same base set of features.