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IBM Claims to be the Cloud Leader

IBM Claims to be the Cloud Leader

IBM claims that it generated more cloud revenue in 2013 than Amazon Web Services. In its latest financial statement, Amazon reported $3.72 billion in “other” revenue, which includes all AWS sales. By comparison, IBM says it generated $4.4 billion in cloud sales. An IBM spokesman said, “By definition, even if EVERY penny of ‘other’ revenue was in Amazon Web Services — and it obviously isn’t — IBM sold at least $0.5 billion more in cloud than AMZ in 2014, and IBM also grew at a faster rate (69 percent for FY 2013).”

However, IBM gets to that $4.4 billion number by combining cloud-related hardware and software sales with its cloud computing revenue. It arrived at $4.4 billion by adding together $1.7 billion from SaaS and $2.7 billion from cloud-related software, hardware and services.

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