7 Cloud Computing Use Cases Every Business Needs to Consider

solutionsreview.com | January 31, 2020

Is your company considering adopting the cloud in 2020? The cloud has grown heavily over the past decade, expanding from simple data storage and communications to full-fledged infrastructures in the cloud. As such, there are several potential use cases for the cloud that businesses of every size and industry need to consider. Below, we’ve listed seven cloud computing use cases that could benefit any company.If you’re looking for more information on cloud managed service providers, you should check out our free 2020 MSP Buyer’s Guide! The guide contains profiles on the top cloud managed service providers for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as questions you should ask vendors and yourself before buying. We also offer an MSP Vendor Map that outlines those vendors in a Venn diagram to make it easy for you to select potential providers. One of the earliest commercial uses for the cloud was providing a place for a company to host its applications and services for the public. Rather than relying on physical distribution, a business can host projects in the cloud that can be accessed by users from anywhere. This is a simple use case that most businesses already use, but this software as a service (SaaS) use case is essential to consider for any company who offers software and services.

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The GIS user community is adopting software-as-a-service solutions with growing frequency – and for good reason. Applications for geographic information, spatial analysis and location intelligence are well suited to the cloud approach, which gives users pay-as-you-go access to critical programs, eliminating worries about hardware, storage, maintenance or uptime.


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