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A tool for copying files between cloud storage providers.

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Two different hardware startups that aim to help businesses set up a server farm on the cheap. Both claim their products are the lowest-cost solution for businesses looking to set up a private cloud.

176

A cloud-based application that helps companies manage compliance and legal standards.

135

A b2b cloud-based platform for building and managing customer relationships, helping businesses to better interact with their customers and increase customer loyalty.

125

A tool for automating cloud infrastructure.

113

A tool that optimizes the security of cloud applications.

103

A startup that is creating an automated process to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud

102

A SaaS platform to help companies quickly build and manage apps using public and private cloud. The company is currently cash-flow positive with over 100 paying customers.

100

A cloud-based platform for risk management for banks

99

A startup that uses sensors and a cloud service to track car usage, and then charges people for the fuel they use.

97

ShareWorks is a cloud-based tool for sharing media such as photos, music, and video. The startup also offers a paid-for mobile app as well as a desktop companion for editing and sharing.

95

Starting as a maker of carbonated drinks with the tagline “For those who don’t have air,” this startup is building a new kind of Citrus Cloud, which will use the sun as a source of carbon dioxide to allow plants to grow in areas without electricity.

94

Using Amazon’s cloud computing platform to help retailers manage their inventory.

94

A cloud-based platform to enable people to easily run their own on-demand marketplaces. The startup is targeting people who sell products on eBay and Amazon.

93

Twilio, a company that provides cloud-based communication and telephony APIs, is one of the most well-known startups at YC. Their newest project is a tool that helps call center agents manage multiple languages.

92

The startup helps companies scale their drone usage by allowing flight data to be transferred from one drone to another and to the cloud.

91

A $1 cloud-based platform for sharing your music, where friends can listen to it for free. The app is already on the Apple Store, and the company is looking to expand to Android and Windows.

90

A cloud-based system for SMBs to book and manage their work schedules

90

A company that wants to help hospitals build better technology. It's building cloud software that allows nurses to prioritize patient care, use a shared calendar, communicate with doctors, and more.

89

A tool that helps organizations build and maintain their cloud infrastructures.

88

A cloud-based service allowing customers to track their shipments in real-time. The startup says it has already signed up around 500 customers, and has raised $1.6 million in funding.

88

A cloud platform that keeps a record of a company’s products and orders, and can even do inventory management.

87

A cloud service for companies to manage their hardware inventory from a central dashboard.

87

A cloud-based solution for companies like Amazon that want to send their customers marketing emails.

87

A cloud-based customer service platform with AI that aims to reduce customer complaints by 80 percent.

86

A cloud-based platform that helps small to mid-sized organizations with their e-commerce operations.

86

A company building a system to help people manage their health data in the cloud.

85

A tool that helps small businesses streamline their operations via a cloud-based tool with CRM and marketing automation. The startup wants to help companies set up their own platforms, which they claim can help save 15% to 40% of costs.

85

A startup that is building a mobile app to help connect owners of both old and new cars in a seamless way, using data from the car itself and from the cloud to provide information.

84

A tool for managing medical records in the cloud. Medloop is building a SaaS platform that helps doctors digitize their medical records and share them with patients, and also handles the back-and-forth with insurers for them.

84

A $1 cloud-based road trip planning tool that allows users to plan and share their travels.

83

This startup is building a cloud-based platform to help shop owners manage their stores. The company is building a platform that allows owners to manage their stores from the cloud, and lets them use the software to access their inventory and receive notifications on sales.

82

The company, which is based in Barcelona, is re-imagining how people can work remotely. It offers a cloud based software platform for the organization of remote teams and the ability to interact with coworkers on video.

82

A startup that lets you use your smartphone’s camera to take a selfie with your face sitting in the middle of a cloud.

81

Cloud-based software for managing and tracking inventory for businesses.

81

A cloud-based HR platform for small businesses that lets them manage their employee and contract employees all in one place.

81

Cloud-based software for hiring, training, and managing employees

80

This company is building a way to use the cloud to power next-gen B2B products that can adapt to changing customer needs. Three enterprise customers.

80

A company creating a cloud-based service that helps businesses and employees collaborate in real time. It’s a visual collaboration app, allowing teams to see their work in real time, with live video, polls, comments, and tasks. They’re currently in beta.

79

A startup that builds security tools for the cloud. The startup aims to use threat intelligence from the NSA and other government organizations to create a platform that can help find and stop hacker attacks.

78

An “app store” for the cloud that “helps companies move their applications into the cloud, without losing their data”.

78

A platform for making and editing 3D models and rendering them in real-time, with a cloud-based service for sharing and collaboration.

78

A startup that creates white label services for tech giants that want to offer cloud-based services to SMBs

77

A startup that makes it easy for companies to provide their employees with secure access to a range of cloud applications

77

A cloud-based telemedicine platform, which launched in May and claims to help doctors and patients bridge the gap that currently exists between in person and remote diagnosis and treatment.

76

A cloud-based platform that allows businesses to sell merchandise using paid advertising, sponsored content and interactive social ads.

75

A cloud-based B2B platform that makes it easy for fashion retailers to manage their customer relationships with the brands they sell.

75

A startup that allows users to securely access their digital possessions from anywhere with a smartphone. It’s currently working on an encryption layer that will allow users to access their files, which can be stored in the cloud, phone, or a computer.

75

A company that makes a tool for cleaning up data from sensors, and provides a cloud backend to manage the data.

74

A startup that wants to use facial recognition to make it easier for companies to manage employee access to their accounts and devices. The idea is that this startup serves as a “supervisor of the cloud”.

74

A cloud-based system for managing healthcare claims and data for a range of customers and providers. Ivol is a startup that uses AI to sort claims for insurers and then helps physicians and hospitals with the claims and data.

74

A cloud-based platform that aims to help users communicate in real-time. The company’s pitch is that it’s like Slack, but for international teams.

74

 A cloud-based company that helps fund managers build portfolios based on algorithms that match the risk and return of specific types of bonds.

73

A platform for businesses to manage their HR — hiring, payroll, training, and more — from the cloud. The company’s pitch is that the platform can be used by all kinds of businesses, not just HR departments.

73

This company is a cloud-based loyalty program that rewards users for everyday purchases, like a cup of coffee or a movie ticket.

73

This startup is building a cloud-based, self-service administration platform for accounting, tax, and payroll. Their goal is to allow companies to scale their accounting practices and save them money.

72

Centrify Corporate Services is a cloud-based managed services provider that helps enterprises bring their on-premises Microsoft-based services into the cloud.

72

The startup is building a cloud-based platform where people can build and publish their own apps for any mobile platform, with a focus on Android.

72

A company that wants to help you use the power of the cloud to create and design things.

72

A tool that helps programmers build and execute microservices-based applications on any cloud or on-premise infrastructure. This is a startup that is building its own infrastructure on top of AWS.

70

A software tool that lets companies own and manage the cloud infrastructure they buy, instead of relying on vendors.

70

A cloud-based billing software company that wants to integrate with wholesalers.

70

A secure cloud-based email service with end-to-end encryption.

69

A group of engineers is building a Cloud-based service that wants to help companies with internal and external security. It’s designed for companies to manage their security operations and provide a single place for customers to get in touch with their security teams.

67

A cloud-based phone system for companies. It’s designed to be a suite of tools that works with the other tools the company already has in place, including a phone, PBX and computer system.

67

New York based startup that is taking the stress out of managing your own private cloud, allowing you to manage your own servers, backups, and other essential infrastructure.

66

A microservices-based API which helps developers build applications which benefit from faster and more efficient data processing, often beyond traditional limits of the cloud.

65

A cloud-based accounting system that doesn’t just track payments but also helps companies track sales and inventory

64

A personal cloud for home security.

63

A platform that allows for distributed teams to negotiate, ensure a project is on time and on budget, and track progress. They’re working on a cloud-based solution with a feature set that includes project management, time and labor tracking, and collaboration.

62

A cloud-based system that lets players build and play with virtual objects.

62

A startup that solves the problem of lost internet data connectivity, with a paid subscription service that sends data to the cloud when internet connectivity is lost.

62

A startup that makes it easier to manage and find all of your email contacts from a single place. It works with Gmail, Outlook, Apple Mail, iCloud, and Yahoo Mail.

62

The company’s goal is to create a cloud-based service that’s cheaper, more secure, and more scalable than Dropbox, Box, and other cloud storage companies.

61

A startup that takes on the issues facing small and medium sized companies in the industry with a cloud-based platform they say is “built for the employee experience”. The platform hopes to give employees more time and flexibility to be productive, with features like the ability to manage and access workers from any device, a “private” chat room, and an inbox for all communication.

61

A startup that helps users sync their calendars and contacts in the cloud with their phones.

61

A cloud service provider for banks that helps them make better decisions on lending.

61

A tool that helps people learn to code using IoT data and cloud computing.

60

 A set of cloud-based tools for optimizing websites, including a web-based editor, to help web developers find bugs.

59

A new way to get enterprise-grade security for all your cloud apps using orchestration from a single source. It’s a security automation tool that promises to make security management easier for companies of all sizes.

59

A company that lets you build a personal financial plan in the cloud by taking a quiz.

58

A startup that helps you rent Netflix and Amazon Prime video from the cloud.

58

A startup that builds a cloud-based service to help companies get their vehicles to a service center for maintenance when they’re out of warranty.

58

A cloud-based platform for e-commerce that allows sellers to create their own storefronts.

58

BizCloud is building an app that allows companies to turn any website into a digital storefront. This would allow them to create an “app store” and sell digital products and services.

57

A cloud-based video platform that allows video producers to sell their content in a transparent and fair way.

56

The startup is looking to help people who have a lot of different data sources gather information about themselves, and then store it in the cloud.

56

Cloud storage and file sharing for independent artists.

56

A cloud-based tool that helps companies track their employees’ unpaid time.

55

A startup that helps medical practices manage their patient data from the cloud.

55

A companion app for the cloud-based version of the New York Times that lets you save articles to read later, annotate them, and share them with your friends.

54

Using a cloud-based database and machine learning algorithms, Hoptoken helps businesses make the most of their data.

53

A cloud-based service designed to help teams manage their data and ensure compliance.

53

A cloud-based sales CRM that centralizes all sales information.

52

A cloud-based platform that provides end-to-end accounting upgrades for small businesses. The company was founded by two former Intuit employees.

52

Fixflo is a startup that helps people troubleshoot issues with their heating and cooling systems, using a cloud-based platform.

51

A video conferencing platform that’s powered by the cloud and designed to work on all devices. It’s already integrated with Slack, allowing customers to schedule meetings from anywhere and get notifications when they’re available.

51

A startup that plans to help large and small companies build their own cloud infrastructure on top of Microsoft’s Azure platform.

50

A platform for aggregating and selling data from consumer-facing apps. The startup has raised $20 million to date, and has partnerships with companies like Tastemade, Twitter, Spotify, and Soundcloud.

50

A company that builds software that helps local governments and non-profit organizations use data to build better services for their communities. The startup wants to build a cloud-based platform that acts as a repository for all local government data.

49

A cloud-based platform for crowdsourcing and crowdsourced marketing. The startup is looking to scale by acquiring other startup marketing firms.

49

A platform which provides cost-efficient and secure cloud-based maintenance operations for IT infrastructure through a single API.

48

A startup that builds the tools for any retailer to build a store in the cloud and manage it from a single platform.

47

Fulfillment as a service for virtualization of IT infrastructure in the cloud.

47

A company that makes a cloud-based service for small businesses that allows them to collaborate in real-time and access their spreadsheets in the cloud.

46

This startup is working on a new type of storage for the connected home, where it can be both a sort of “in-home cloud” as well as an “in-home NAS”.

46

Rather than outsourcing maintenance of on-premises equipment, a startup called LifeSpan develops and sells cloud-based tools that help companies manage their equipment. It’s based in Austin, Texas.

46

A cloud-based software platform for businesses to communicate and share data with their employees or customers.

46

The startup wants to bring the cloud to the world of physical data. It claims it can build a data warehouse out of any physical machine in the world — even from a broken down machine.

46

A “cloud-based” HR/recruiting. The startup will probably take a similar structure to what companies like Hubspot have done with customer service, and sell it to HR and recruiting companies.

45

A company that turns any spare bit of hardware into a secure cloud server.

45

A tool that helps you manage multiple to-do lists, in different formats, all in one place, with cloud-based syncing across all your devices.

45

A startup that wants to help banks scale payments using the cloud by letting them use APIs to let others tap into their systems.

44

A cloud-based solution for businesses to manage their inventory, allowing them to track inventory in real-time.

44

A quick start-up that aims to help companies with cloud computing & data storage, making life easier for companies who want to use cloud services but don't have the time to manage all the moving pieces.

43

A cloud-based platform that helps businesses better understand how they can use their locations to improve sales.

43

Cloud-based software that helps manage business travel.

43

 A cloud-based review platform for dating apps, with a funding round that was reportedly led by Facebook

43

A company that helps people manage their wine collections. The startup is building a wine database and app that lets users track their wine collection in real time, save it to their phone, and save it to the cloud.

42

Creates software for small businesses to create and manage their own online store. The company is offering a cloud-based platform that gives businesses a set of tools to create an e-commerce store without any coding knowledge.

42

A startup that helps employers find and mobilize employees faster than ever. It’s a cloud platform for recruiting.

41

A company that helps companies setup a single cloud-based site, on the site a mixture of physical and digital products can be sold through an e-commerce platform.

41

and Founded in 2011, it’s a cloud-based platform for managing enterprise data; a startup that’s building a data warehouse for the government

40

This startup is building a cloud-based service that allows small businesses to send invoices and manage their accounting in one place. It’s in beta and doesn’t have any revenue yet.

40

A company that plans to bring the benefits of cloud computing to the workforce by letting companies hire freelancers who are computers.

39

A company that wants to make it easier for companies to access and use artificial intelligence (AI) via a cloud platform.

39

A startup that wants to create a “digital safe deposit box” for the cloud. The company has raised $3.1 million to allow users to store files in the cloud with a secure encryption key.

39

A company that helps you make sense of your data, from app to mobile to the cloud.

39

Open-source, distributed computing that allows people to build and manage their own supercomputers. The company wants to provide people with the means to build their own supercomputers, allowing them to “live in the cloud” at home.

38

An open source, cloud-based platform that allows companies to track and report on the performance and progress of people and teams.

38

A cloud-based service for connecting healthcare providers with their patients. The company launched in March and is part of the NYU health IT incubator.

38

A company that aims to build a simple digital video recorder that can be used to stream video from any compatible device, with a cloud-based backend that allows owners to edit, share, and even sell videos.

38

A company that provides software to help companies that use cloud-based apps to keep track of employees’ health for better insurance rate negotiations. The startup is working with companies like Costco and Hyatt.

38

A web-based, cloud-based app that helps organized people, called “Mavens”, manage their life, including shopping, to-do lists, etc.

36

The founders of this cloud-based recruiting startup say that they’ve discovered that many people don’t have a good idea of what their job responsibilities are. They’re building an application that can help people figure that out, and then identify the best fit for each position in the pool.

36

A startup that offers a cloud-based productivity service that syncs with users’ calendars.

36

-Two-factor authentication, much like Google Authenticator, but for every service, including cloud-based software and device apps.

36

A tool for editing photos and videos in the cloud, meant both for professionals and for anyone looking to preserve their work.

36

A cloud-based recruiting and staffing software company. The company has over $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019.

35

A cloud-based accounting system (and financial advisor) which works across all sorts of small businesses: doctors, dentists, plumbers, lawyers, etc.

35

A cloud-based ERP that helps shed light on a business’s financials and keep control of its cash flow.

33

A cloud-based security management platform that offers enterprise-grade security, compliance and governance.

32

A cloud-native, multi-tenant application platform that focuses on making it easier to manage a company’s backend infrastructure. It’s the company’s first product, and the company is targeting $100 million in revenue as it adds new features.

32

A cloud-based service that provides default financial advice for customers, with an emphasis on helping them manage their money

30

Companies can use Made.io to upload and store their files in the cloud, so that they can easily be accessed when needed. The company then provides its own hosting and security, and then takes a small cut of the revenue.

30

A cloud platform for companies handling high-volume data including financial services, utilities, manufacturing and media.

30

A cloud-based platform that allows retailers to create a “bundle” of products that are available for the same price as a single product, offering better margins for buyers on multiple products.

30

A cloud-based inventory management system for restaurants. The company wants to help restaurants track inventory across the supply chain, and integrate with other systems like POS and bar management software. They’ve already raised $2.5M.

28

A cloud-based content platform for creators in collaboration with the National Digital Publishing Center.

28

A software company that provides cloud-based services for auditors to ensure that companies are filing their taxes correctly.

27

A mobile app that creates, share, and edit a variety of different categories, including photos, videos, and audio, in the cloud.

27

A “SaaS-based accounting and finance tool for SMBs”. The company offers integrated accounting, payroll, accounts receivable and payable, bank account linking, invoice creation, and expense tracking through its cloud product.

26

This company is building a cloud-based CRM system for small businesses, offering free trials and plans.

26

A group of founders from NYC, San Francisco and Mumbai came together to solve the challenge of securing data in the cloud. The startup provides a way to encrypt and decrypt files and data in the cloud that’s compliant with HIPAA and GDPR standards.

26

This startup is building a cloud-based tool to help small businesses create and manage their websites. It allows companies to create and update their own websites with a single click and without having to buy a domain.

25

A cloud-based database of student loan debt for people to search, with a sign-up required to see data. The company also has a personal debt management product.

25

Which is a “cloud service for employers to manage and utilize employee time and attendance”.

24

Amazon Web Services is popular for its cloud computing capabilities, but its AI-powered e-commerce system has not made it to market. Their SaaS product, Amazon Machine Learning, is intended to help companies use AI to improve their own products.

23

This startup is building a tool that lets people create websites in the cloud, and then upload them for companies to access with specific functions by using a mobile app or desktop.

22

A platform for developers to host their web apps on the Amazon Web Services cloud.

22

This startup is building a way to take a URL and automatically create a site in the Google Cloud.

20

A “cloud” version of a production tool for video editing and animation.

20

A cloud-based accounting software that helps companies simplify their accounting, with a focus on helping retailers and other small businesses that don’t have a full-time accounting department.

20

A cloud-based platform for managing and tracking your investments. The startup says that it can help people manage more than 15,000 investment accounts in a single account.

19

This startup wants to make it easy for people to set up and manage their business in the cloud, but with the security of a physical office. They currently have over $100,000 in seed funding.

19

A digital file system that allows users to format and edit their files, then upload them to the cloud.

18

A cloud-based software as a service platform for supply chain execution.

15

A platform for doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to manage patient records. MediCloud provides a secure way for medical staff to access and manage patient records. Clients include Kaiser Permanente, Partners HealthCare, and the University of Washington.

15

A startup to help clients move their data to the cloud. The idea is to create a platform that helps clients with the process of moving their data to the cloud.

15

A startup that wants to build a cloud storage service that’s actually useful. The company wants to build a storage system that’s useful for organizations, not just consumers.

14

A toolkit for software developers to build cloud-based websites or apps for their employees.

13

A cloud-based tool for sales teams to manage their campaigns and follow-up tasks. What’s unusual is that it’s cross-platform, available on desktop, mobile, and web.

13

A tool that helps companies monitor their infrastructure, allowing them to “get a 360-degree view of their network”. The startup is building an integrated system that combines data from sensors, tools like Slack, and cloud systems.

13

A company that provides a cloud-based email marketing platform.

13

A cloud-based music course marketplace that takes a subscription model. The startup is also building a platform to help artists control their rights, manage their catalog, and sell their music.

13

A startup that allows people to manage their own data while still using the cloud. It aims to help individuals manage their own data, while still using the cloud to store it.

13

A tool for creators of videos, photographers, musicians, etc. to upload their work to various platforms, like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc. and sell it directly without having to deal with intermediaries like Facebook or Google.

13

This is a cloud-based tool for selling products that lets you track sales across merchants and get notifications when sales are made. It was built for e-commerce businesses, but the company says it can be adapted for other sectors.

13

A cloud-based platform for home-surveillance systems built on personal computers.

12

Manage and organize your digital photos, videos, and music by using the company’s app, which syncs to the cloud.

11

A “cloud-based platform” allowing companies to “streamline their feedback loops”. This is a relatively new startup, having only launched in February of 2019.

11

The company’s aim is to use the cloud to let users manage their finances, with a very intuitive interface.

11

A platform that allows businesses to bring their legacy systems to the cloud, and then secure them through a single platform.

10

A cloud-based tool to prevent nursing home abuse by monitoring patient activity and alerting nursing homes if a resident is being abused.

10

A platform that lets organizations and companies create and share keyless, secure, and cloud-based access to their physical facilities.

9

A cloud service that can help manage the free software licenses, license numbers, and authorizations of software you’ve downloaded.

9

A cloud-based peer-to-peer insurance platform, which is already in use in the automotive industry. The startup wants to be the only place where clients can buy insurance online, in person, or on the phone.

9

A platform for schools to share resources, build a community, and budget using cloud-based software.

9

A cloud-based office that provides over-the-desk access to a suite of productivity tools, including office apps like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It’s available as a SaaS service, or as an onsite installation.

8

A startup that helps you automatically back up your data in the cloud, in the event that the cloud infrastructure wipes out your files.

7

This startup creates a point-of-sale platform for small restaurants, allowing them to manage all of their sales, inventory, and finances via a cloud-based SaaS platform. The company is currently focused on the US market.

7

A cloud-based marketplace for home services. The startup says it’s already in use in 100 cities in 13 countries, with over 30,000 professionals.

6

A cloud computing company that wants to build a more intelligent “intelligent” computer that is made up of modular components that can be swapped out for different functions at any time.

4

A company that provides software that helps small businesses to operate better, faster, and more efficiently. It’s a cloud-based service that helps small businesses staff sales, accounting, and other functions. The startup has raised over $4.6 million in funding, and found itself in the news recently for an employee lawsuit.

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A product that makes it easy to connect to a variety of software services including Heroku, AWS, Google Cloud, Slack, and Salesforce

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A cloud-based platform that allows families and businesses to forgo forking over large sums of money on software subscriptions and instead just pay for the software they use.

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A cloud-based video chat system, one that allows businesses to see and guide customer service reps in real time.

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Idea: Startup that offers a cloud-based solution for managing performance reviews

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Idea: A platform that helps companies manage the developer experience across different platforms, like AWS, Heroku and Google Cloud

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Idea: A cloud-based customer service platform for online businesses The company says that its tools are a good fit for e-commerce businesses

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Idea: A startup that is building a SaaS/cloud solution for call center automation The company says it already has $200k in monthly recurring revenue and over 100 customers

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Idea: A startup that is building a cloud-based service for selling collectibles. It allows users to upload images and details about the item, and generate a barcode. It’s free for sellers, and takes a flat 3.5% of sales.

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Idea: A voice-activated “interface for the real world”, like a “JARVIS for the physical world”. The founders say it currently “works with every major cloud provider”, and that they’re looking to partner with companies that need the technology to build in-house platforms.

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Idea: Rollup is building a cloud-based solution for authors to publish and sell interactive books. It allows authors to create games, quizzes, and other interactive elements that let readers take a deeper dive into the stories.

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A software company that provides a cloud-based platform for managing online payments for Indian businesses.

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A cloud-based software company that helps businesses manage their healthcare benefits online.

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Cloud strategy and migration software

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