Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology


Information and Decision Sciences

First Reader/Committee Chair

Dr Conrad Shayo


The purpose of this project is to discuss the technical obstacles that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face, as well as how cloud computing can help to solve these issues. Cloud computing has the ability to radically change competitive environments by offering a new forum for generating and delivering business value and market development. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) also lack sufficient technological capital. They could either buy expensive software customized by large companies or develop their own low-cost applications with limited functionality. The research questions answered in this project are as follows: 1. How can a startup build a cost-effective website and host it on a cloud platform? 2. How can a startup make a website always available? 3. How can a startup resolve the low latency problem using cloud services? 4. How can a startup make use of different cloud services to reduce the use of infrastructure and technology resources. The methodology used for this project is to understand what is cloud computing, cloud implementation models, cloud computing services, and their benefits. The Implementation Solution is offered by evaluating various cloud vendors such as AWS and Microsoft Azure and the various services they provide. This study provides a realistic demonstration of designing and hosting a website in AWS and Microsoft Azure to support this approach. This study offers insights and suggestions to SMEs for implementing various cloud services to achieve economies of scale. The project concluded that cloud computing is simple to use, inexpensive, eliminates the need for physical office space, and eliminates the need to transport storage devices. Because of its scalability and faster content delivery, as well as various business models, the cloud is an excellent choice for startups.