How do Amazon, Google and Microsoft shape up in developer cloud usage?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) leads the way in terms of developers using cloud compute and storage services, with AWS on an equal footing with Microsoft as the product of choice for devs’ relational database management system (RDBMS) services.

That’s the big takeaway from the latest developer survey by Forrester Research, which certainly sheds light on preferences between the big three providers in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market.

Regarding compute services, AWS has a clear advantage on the competition. 62% of respondents have implemented AWS, with 46% saying their usage will expand in the coming year. 39% of developers are using Microsoft Azure with 25% looking to expand, with 29% on the Google Cloud Platform.

With RDBMS, the battleground is more closely defined with Microsoft holding the slight edge – 48% of overall respondents (33% expanding) for Redmond compared with 45% (35% expanding) for Amazon.

AWS also has daylight …