Authored by Colin White

This checklist identifies the benefits the cloud offers, offers potential use cases, and presents key criteria for using and choosing a cloud solution for data warehousing.

Foreward:

The cloud environment offers a pay-as-you-go, on-demand, and elastic scalability model that can provide significant benefits for both the business and IT. Compared to an on-premises IT environment, cloud computing reduces up-front project costs and enables organizations to scale their applications as required while paying only for the resources they use.

The cloud is, therefore, an ideal environment for data warehousing projects given the large data volumes and unpredictable nature of the analytic workloads involved.