Weekly CloudNews: How the Cloud Will Look Beyond COVID-19

Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Earlier this week we looked at six key performance indicators around costs to drive hybrid cloud value, and best practices for AWS cloud integration.

With that, onto this week’s news:

Next Steps for Cloud Infrastructure Beyond the Pandemic

Joao-Pierre Ruth, InformationWeek, Apr. 29, 2020

“Many organizations have established remote operations by now to cope with COVID-19 quarantines. The next objective may be to plan for ongoing changes to their infrastructure. When and how businesses might safely resume on-premise activities at their offices remains questionable. In the meantime, migrations to the cloud and other IT shifts are expected to accelerate, according to the likes of Unitas Global, Onica, and Deloitte. For some organizations, there may be no looking back for the changes underway.

The current scenario where employees across varied departments and roles must work remotely without access to an office was largely unforeseen, says Chris Smith, vice president of cloud solutions architecture at Unitas Global, a cloud native services company. “A lot of companies thought they had a plan but what we’re seeing is their business continuity and disaster recovery plan didn’t include anything for a mass outbreak of a virus,” he says.

Several weeks into quarantines, organizations must refine and optimize workloads in the cloud, Smith says. Cost of cloud migration was a chief concern in prior years for companies, which led some organizations to revert to datacenters, he adds. Circumstances have led some of those organizations to renew their efforts to get into the public cloud. Long-term considerations are now being made for more effective use of SaaS and platform-as-a-service, Smith says.”

Cloud adoption not slowing down any time soon

Sead Fadilpašić, ITProPortal, Apr. 28, 2020

“More than half of businesses worldwide are using either hybrid or multi-cloud architectures, claims a new report from data virtualisation company Denodo.

Polling more than 250 businesses, Denodo found hybrid cloud configurations are by far the most popular (42 percent), followed by public (18 percent) and private clouds (17 percent).

The companies surveyed said the advantages of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions include saving both money and time, allowing them to focus these resources elsewhere. Businesses also celebrated the ability to ‘cherry-pick’ different features and capabilities.

Companies are also turning increasingly to container technology, which recorded 50 percent growth year-on-year. Containerisation is used mostly for production, as it ‘enables reproducibility and the ability to automate deployments.’”

Is the COVID crisis a knockout blow for hybrid cloud?

Marian McHugh, ChannelWeb, Apr. 28, 2020

“In the ongoing battle of public cloud versus hybrid cloud, the latter seemed to be gaining the upper hand recently as analysts noted an emerging trend of customers disengaging from a pure-cloud play in favour of a hybrid one, utilising their own on-prem infrastructure.

And then COVID-19 arrived, kicking the battle into a higher gear and giving the public cloud its second wind.

As organisations of all sizes around the world are forced to implement remote working policies for the majority of their staff for an indeterminate period of time, many have turned to public cloud providers to help them pivot their office network-based processes to accommodate home working.

Demand has been so strong that Microsoft reported constrained capacity in a number of regions on its Azure platform. It has increased server capacity to those regions, and has maintained that emergency services will take priority in such circumstances.

However, those organisations using on-premise infrastructure as part of their cloud strategy faced their own challenges, in the forms of delayed product deliveries and on-site access. Many have to turn to the public cloud to maintain business continuity.”

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