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Does the Raspberry Pi have any business IT uses?

The Raspberry Pi has been a major success story in recent years. The UK-based Pi Foundation has sold over 14 million units since 2012 and is the best-selling British computer in history.

The little computer on a single board quickly found a dedicated audience within the hobbyist community upon its release, who found there’s not much you can’t do with it.

But its flexibility means there could be plenty of reasons to look to the Raspberry Pi and similar ‘computer on a board’-like offerings for business use cases.

Why would a company want to invest in a Pi? Low acquisition costs, low energy consumption, no moving parts (so pretty reliable), ARM architecture, large and engaged community, and, thanks to the way it’s designed, isn’t susceptible to the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

In a post on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s forum last year, Liz Upton, Director of Communications said that she would “love” to be share more examples of enterprise usage of the Pi.

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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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