• Windows-based instances are increasing (from 34 percent to 76 percent in Q4 at the expense Linux instances, which fell from 66 to 24 percent.
  • Nearly everyone uses S3 storage (97%) with other popular products being EC2 (82%), SNS messaging (70%), SQS message quuing (61.4%) and relational database service (46.6%).
  • Among databases, the RDS MySQL service — with the bring-your-own-license (BYOL) option– led the pack with 29 percent usage, followed by EC2 SQL Server Standard (16 percent), EC2 SQL Server Web (4 percent), RDS Oracle SE (4 percent) and RDS PostreSQL (3 percent).
  • The most popular EC2 types at 29 percent were small and medium, followed by large (17%) and extra large (10%).

2nd Watch stated that it would be interesting to see how the data changes over the next quarters. “For example, we will be monitoring to see if Amazon’s continued investment into Redshift and EC2 Container Service availablility have an effect on how customers use AWS. The Q1 Scorecard data supports what customers are saying: Big companies are moving more of their business-critical data and applications into the public cloud. This is a trend that we don’t expect to change anytime soon. You can find the PDF infographic here.