According to Microsoft research chief Rick Rashid, around 20 per cent of all the servers sold around the world each year are now being bought by a small handful of internet companies - he named Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Amazon. That is an amazing statistic, and certainly not one IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d heard before. And this is before cloud computing has really caught on in a big way.
Of course, this figure doesn’t really prove a trend, the quote above is too vague. How big is a “small handful”, and is this an increased concentration over previous time periods (and what is the time period we’re talking about as “now”?) The implication is yes, and it is credible from what we’re told about these companies’ rapidly growing data centre expansion.