Survey: Of the Top Cloud Platforms, AWS the Clear Developer Favorite
Amazon Web Services (AWS) emerged as the top cloud platform in a recent
Stack Overflow developer survey of over 80,000 developers around the world.
Stack Overflow's annual developer survey is one of the largest and most prominent survey reports in the software development space. The 2021 edition is the first year it broke out cloud platforms from a general platforms question. The survey found AWS to be "the most widely used cloud platform" in 2021 among developers, "but Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure made substantial gains from last year."
AWS was the choice of 54.22 percent of all respondents when they were asked: "Which cloud platforms have you done extensive development work in over the past year, and which do you want to work in over the next year? (If you both worked with the platform and want to continue to do so, please check both boxes in that row.)"
When broken down by the number of responses as opposed to percentage of responses, the numbers were AWS (29,138), GCP (16,687) and Microsoft Azure (16,540):
Among professional developers only, the percentage of respondents choosing AWS was even larger:
When broken out by the number of responses, it's clear that AWS almost doubled the total of GCP:
Here are the percentage responses among all respondents and among just professional developers from last year's survey for all platforms -- when clouds weren't separated -- showing AWS again led cloud platforms and came in fourth overall:
SO is also known for asking about "most loved" and "dreaded" tools and technologies, and the 2021 report shows AWS again No. 1 on the "most loved" platform list, though the order changes a bit because GCP garnered a little more love than Azure:
Respondents were also asked about which platform they "want" in the question asking about "% of developers who are not developing with the language or technology but have expressed interest in developing with it." Here, again, AWS has a big lead, though GCP does again edge out Azure for No. 2:
More information about other aspects of the SO report can be found in this article published in our sister publication Visual Studio Magazine.
David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.