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What COVID-19 Taught Us About Cloud Services

August 13, 2020 - Cloud Computing

What COVID-19 Taught Us About Cloud Services
Chris Maynard

Posted by Chris Maynard

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the business landscape in just a few short months. Companies were forced to transition quickly to a remote environment, and employees had to adjust to new working conditions. For those who were prepared, this shift was relatively seamless. However, for companies who weren’t quite as ready, this transition spotlighted many issues with current IT infrastructure, especially their reliance on on-prem servers.

Despite companies starting to return employees to their offices, remote work remains a much more widespread option than ever before. Cloud services can help bridge the gap between remote workers and in-person teams without compromising information security.

What COVID-19 Taught Us About Cloud Services for Businesses

Cloud services are not new, and they’ve always been useful in the professional environment. However, in light of current circumstances with increased remote work and limited in-office contact, several pain points have emerged for companies that may convince them to take full advantage of cloud services.

Workers need to access documents when and where they want.

In order to keep functioning at full capacity and meet client demands and company targets, employees must be able to easily access files on a shared server that they would have accessed at the office. This file sharing is equally important to ensure continued collaboration on long-term projects. By saving files to the cloud, they remain easily accessible from any location, at any time.

Adding or removing storage space needs to be easy.

As they’ve gone completely online, companies have seen an influx of digital data in their day-to-day activities. Even those with remote employees prior to the pandemic are now facing changing needs in data storage, and have had to find ways to increase their capacity. Cloud services enable users to meet these demands at each companies’ own pace, whether that be all at once or just one step at a time.

Cyber security risks don’t stop for a pandemic.

With most people working remotely across the globe, cyber security threats suddenly became front of mind for many businesses who might not have considered their cybersecurity plan as rigorously in the past. Cloud services’ data protection and recovery systems were tested on a massive scale and where properly designed and configured, proved efficient in protecting company and client data.

Cutting costs affects every part of a business.

There’s no denying that COVID-19 dealt a serious blow across industries—especially to small businesses. Cutting costs became necessary to stay afloat, and excessive spending was a non-starter.

Cloud services introduces a new operating expense business model for storage and compute power by only charging businesses for what they use. Shifting the large burden of capital expenditure due to high end hardware on to the cloud service provider is a win for everyone. Customers only pay for the capacity they use, removing the costly upkeep and regular replacement of physical on-prem servers and allowing limited budgets to be better allocated elsewhere.

Data Storage in the Time of COVID-19

With more and more employees shifting to a primarily remote model going forward, companies will be forced to take a closer look at their network systems to adapt to a changing professional landscape.

Cloud services provide a reliable data storage solution for all employees, no matter where they’re working, and have demonstrated a commitment to the security of their data protection measures. When the time comes to replace your existing company server, cloud services remains a secure and accessible solution.

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Chris Maynard

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Chris Maynard

Chris is a Solutions Architect for SymQuest and is based in South Burlington, VT. As a Solution Architect he concentrates on how to use IT to solve all manner of technology specific riddles. With 20+ years of experience in the industry, he's no stranger to finding creative ways of leveraging tech to solve a problem or improve efficiency.