Cloud computing, a technology that emerged in the mid-2000s, is proving to be the cornerstone of the current unforeseen times. Pre-COVID19, there already was some pressure to modernize the IT landscape by migrating it to the cloud. Now, the previous recommendation turned into a must. The restrictions imposed by authorities all around the globe in 2020 have enforced the complete or partial closure of most corporate offices.
Remote working is quickly becoming the de-facto standard. Cloud computing is indispensable in making this transition a success story as it can provide the necessary baseline for globally spread, always-accessible services. Moreover, employees have shown increased productivity and efficiency when working from home, which is an additional incentive for enterprise management to invest in this direction.
The global COVID-19 pandemic is influencing the third decade of the 21st century in ways no one could have imagined. In terms of technology, this means companies have felt this year more than ever the importance of preparing for the unexpected, of scaling up or down as the situation requires, of delivering digital solutions that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
Nevertheless, such advantages come at a cost. It’s more challenging than ever to steer through the complicated maze of different services and pricing models. Also, the disappearance of the traditional network perimeter is creating new threats in terms of security and compliance. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, as cloud services are in constant metamorphosis, with multiple new services being launched every year, it has become a real difficulty to build the internal knowledge or to find the right external partners when creating complex cloud architectures.
For 2020, Gartner is foreseeing an overall increase of 6,3% for the public cloud services market. Even more revealing is the 95,4% predicted growth for Desktop-as-a-Service products – a proof that remote working is boosting cloud consumption more than ever.
Cloud computing has proven to be an irreplaceable technological ally in the fight against uncertainty fueled by the unanticipated effects of the current global situation. Some enterprises opt for a greenfield approach and redesign their services from scratch to be cloud-native, while others do a lift-and-shift of the current architecture by hosting it in the cloud. Partnering with only one cloud provider or embracing a multi-cloud strategy are both possible. The options are plentiful – the transition to the cloud is not a fixed destination, it is an exploration journey.