The Covid-19 epidemic, the lockdowns, and the social distancing, as well as the new routine that we all are still adjusting to, has served as a wake-up call for businesses of all sizes.
The restrictions placed on the public in the wake of the epidemic turned the world upside down, with businesses across industries and sectors finding themselves unable to continue “business as usual” operations.
According to the latest Aryaka survey, a quarter of the respondents state they have closed 25-50% of their office sites, dovetailing into overall hybrid work initiatives where 75% state that at least a quarter of their employees will remain remote permanently post-pandemic.
More businesses are now pursuing cloud computing and digital transformation to cope with the volatility of the times and to take advantage of the possibilities brought forward by the “new normal”.
The pandemic, in some ways, served as a catalyst for cloud adoption and digital transformation, driving quantum leaps in IT modernization efforts. For example, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in April 2019 that the firm had witnessed two years of digital transformation in only two months as customers rushed to embrace cloud solutions:
“We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. From remote teamwork and learning to sales and customer service, to critical cloud infrastructure and security—we are working alongside customers every day to help them adapt and stay open for business in a world of remote everything.”
How Covid 19 has Accelerated Cloud Adoption
The worldwide health crisis has, in a sense, been a de facto trigger for the adoption of cloud computing. The worldwide pandemic has provided the cloud industry with an opportunity to grow, with cloud adoption increasing across many industries all around the world. According to Gartner, worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is expected to rise 18.4% in 2021 to $304.9 billion as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Increase in IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS Services
The cloud has altered the game for information technology, allowing for more adaptability and less dependency on legacy systems. Organizations are turning to public cloud service providers to run and maintain their increasingly digital business models.
Cloud adoption is growing, and Microsoft, Google, and Amazon are the biggest beneficiaries of this trend. The top three public cloud service providers – Alphabet’s Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft – occupy nearly 70% of the market share.
Public Cloud Spend is on the Rise
Public clouds have seen tremendous growth in recent years as businesses are pursuing cloud service offerings to gain cost efficiencies, reduce time to market, secure business continuity, and improve business agility. And it is only likely to continue growing:
- According to the survey findings (conducted by S&P Global Market Intelligence’s 451 Research), 36% of businesses anticipate that public cloud, as well as IaaS and PaaS services, will have the greatest rise in spending in 2021 when compared to last year.
- According to a recent poll from Flexera, 27% of executives said that their company’s cloud spend had increased owing to Covid-19.
- The percentage of CEOs that expected more spending on SaaS (cloud-based applications such as Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, and salesforce.com inc.’s solutions) was around 30% (according to S&P).
According to Melanie Posey, research director for cloud and managed services transformation at 451 Research:
Increased spending on public cloud services is a pattern we’ve seen for the last couple of years, and this will continue going forward because it is how organizations will deliver on their business operations going forward. Even after the pandemic is over, people will continue to consume vast quantities of digital media and conduct business online, be it shopping or banking.
Accelerated Cloud Adoption and Business Continuity
In the past, many discussions about cloud computing have focused on innovation, faster time to market, and cost savings. However, the pandemic has highlighted other aspects of cloud infrastructures, such as flexible computing power, high availability, disaster recovery, lower backup, and disaster recovery costs, robust core business processes and business continuity plans, legacy skill risk, remote workforce management, safe return to work.
In a nutshell, the capacity to create resilient company operations, also known as business continuity, rises to the top of the priority list.
However, business continuity remains a challenge in the public cloud. Implementing business continuity solutions in the public cloud can be difficult and time-consuming.
For business continuity, businesses have to deal with the fact that a business is not static. Businesses are constantly changing and evolving; they need their business applications and their data to be able to do this as well. Ensuring that your state is synchronized across cloud regions and locations is a gargantuan task.
Managing multi-region configurations means that organizations have to establish business continuity controls in each cloud region or data center region and link business continuity controls with recovery systems. This can be a complex and daunting task.
Another issue is the lack of multi-cloud solutions that provide business continuity across multiple public clouds, such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. This is critical because company executives want operational freedom and flexibility, reduced vendor lock-in, and greater cost management while maintaining continuity across different public cloud providers.
Maintain Business Continuity with Statehub
With cloud and cloud-based services skyrocketing, it’s evident that managed services for multi-region and multicloud business continuity are needed.
Statehub is addressing business continuity and business recovery management challenges for multi-cloud and multi-region environments. Statehub business continuity solutions give businesses and IT executives the freedom to plan business recovery across multiple clouds, without worrying about vendor lock-in and operational costs.
With Statehub, you can:
- Assure resiliency in case of a failure in the region or in the cloud. A geo-replicated configuration allows you to move your operation to another region or cloud in seconds.
- Deploy an entire Business Continuity Environment that does not require maintenance and is able to run on any public cloud infrastructure.
- Assure no data loss in case of a disaster with Zero Recovery Point Objective (RPO) technology.