Cloud computing is ushering in a new era of analytic data management for business intelligence
(BI) by enabling organizations to analyze terabytes of data faster and more economically than
ever before. The key change: cloud database software is provisioned within minutes, without data
center overhead, and it's licensed on an on-demand basis.
The table below shows that organizations no longer need to justify spending hundreds of
thousands of capital expense budget dollars for upfront hardware and software purchases or
spend weeks waiting for hardware delivery and installation. Instead, they can sign up to tap into a
computing cloud, such as Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).
Upon signup, Amazon EC2 completely provisions a secure, fully clustered high-performance
analytic database that is hosted in the cloud and immediately ready to serve the customer's
needs exclusively. They can then use it on a pay-per-use basis, usually for a monthly fee.
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