Microsoft Pays $800M More in Data Centers Energy Costs

Enterprise migrations to the cloud transfer expenses to hyperscalers. How long will cloud costs hold steady?

Data Center Knowledge

October 28, 2022

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Your enterprise data center peers are taking refuge from skyrocketing energy prices in the cloud. But how long will the cloud be safe for your workloads – both in terms of data security and price stabilization?

Microsoft CFO Amy Wood shared that the firm will pay more than $800 million in extra energy costs to operate its data centers due to cost increases, particularly in Europe, according to Bloomberg’s reporting. This comes on the heels of Microsoft’s Q2 earnings forecasts, which indicate a 5% reduction in growth compared to the firm’s Q1 earnings via its Azure business. (Note: Microsoft’s Q2 ends in December.)

Microsoft isn’t alone. Its cloud giant peer AWS experienced a loss compared to last year’s Q3 earnings, as well. Google Cloud experienced a boost, but its earnings simply aren’t in the same league with Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s AWS businesses.

For instance, Microsoft Azure earned Microsoft $25.7 billion in its most recent quarter. AWS earned Amazon $20.5 billion, and Google Cloud brought its parent company alphabet $6.9 billion. Mind you, this is up from analyst expectations of $6.7 billion in earnings from AWS in Q3 2022, says the New York Times.

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All three hyperscalers look to economizing hiring efforts and exploring potential in the AI market.

Enterprises feel the pinch of accelerating energy prices. While the cloud appears to be safe at first glance, firms wishing to shutter on-premises operations may want to think twice, according to Bloomberg senior analyst Anurag Rana.

Rana said the cloud is a highly scalable business model and moving workloads to any one of the three large cloud service providers (CSPs) could prove useful for enterprises looking to reduce costs. Rana predicts this will cause a temporary squeeze on CSPs, but the long-term benefits will outweigh current earnings results.

Rana also noted that hyperscalers could find the necessary funds by reducing staff since they’ve been so aggressive with hiring for many years.


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