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Cloud analytics is primarily a cloud-enabled solution that allows an organization or individual to perform business analysis or intelligence procedures. These solutions and services are delivered through cloud models, such as hosted data warehouses, SaaS business intelligence (BI) and social media analytic products powered by the cloud. Cloud analytics services work like a typical data analytics service, providing similar features and capabilities. The only difference is that cloud analytics integrates some or all of the service models of cloud computing in delivering that solution.
Although cloud analytics is mainly a SaaS-based solution, it can also be a hybrid cloud solution. For example, hosted or cloud data warehouses not only provide the infrastructure to store massive amounts of data, but they also allow data analytics/business intelligence software to retrieve useful information when and where it is required. Moreover, some solutions also may be delivered through Platform as a Service (PaaS), where the end users/organization can create proprietary data analytics software to run on the cloud storage infrastructure.