Cloud Computing

How Cloud Technology is Helping us Get Through COVID-19

What does the Future Hold for Businesses

So much has changed during the COVID-19 outbreak where working remotely has ended up, you can say, the only option to learn, work and relax for both individuals and organisations. Organisations who had already invested in cloud technologies had an early lead advantage to getting their employees to become a remote workforce and to work on their teleworking adoption mentality. Also, those organisations that had not previously invested quickly found a budget to immediately migrate to the cloud.

What does this mean? Cloud technology abruptly positioned itself as the ‘go-to’ business continuity solution for all types of organisations, big or small. The question now is, will the affected industries and sectors remain with this concept of remote working or will they go back to old habits.

Cloud Technology pushing us through COVID-19

Manage and Diversifying Risk

The concept of cloud technology, for those who adopt and implement it, is to eliminates the dependency of physical data centres which host servers, switches, firewalls, etc… in order to all the proper management and upkeep of infrastructure, data, and applications in real-time, wherever you are located. This in turn has the direct benefit of not requiring IT administrators to be on-site to check, maintain and monitor networks and servers. This helps comply with governments requests to keep people safe and adhere to social distancing whilst allows for businesses to operate to continue to operate without the need of having their staff within the office.

Enabling Remote Work

If there was one good thing to come out of this pandemic is that the adoption of remote working was exponentially accelerated which allowed organisation who had been contemplating about moving the cloud but where unsure, to actually do it. They may now evaluate and compare their business efficiency and operations, before and after COVID, to take the decision on how to move forward with the remote workforce initiative from here on.

What does the Future Hold?

Tried and Tested

Cloud-enabled companies now have the practical experience of how a global disaster can affect their business and are now better prepared and equipped to weather any future interruptions and recover from them. With that said, apart from recover point, cloud-enabled organisation are now even better positioned to recover faster giving them a competitive advantage.

Digital Transformation…Now

The global widespread adoption of cloud technologies due to COVID-19 for remote work has opened a world of opportunity for them to properly investigate and invest in digital transformation technologies. This means that each and every business now has the opportunity to position themselves as the other world-leading organisations who use cloud technology to gain a business edge.

The new Norm of Remote Working

Organisations are now intending to shift some or most of their on-site employees to become remote workers passed COVID-19. The amount of money which may be saved by enterprises on rent of office space for both their staff and data centres, as well as time spent for their employees to commute is not something to be ignored.

Proof that you need to put in place new types of Business Continuity Plans

Now, more than ever, companies who either didn’t have a business continuity plan (BCP) or had gaps in there BCP have had a cold slap of reality and have taken the initiative of creating and updating their BCP.

The traditional thinking that a BCP is only in place to perform backups is something that has been recently realised. Backups are used to perform a one-time fix to a disaster, however, COVID19 proved that disasters may sometime take longer than a couple of days but will last months, if not years. Therefore, backups alone will not cut is and thus why organisations are looking into cloud technologies to implement a proper and robust BCP.  

Business continuity plans of the future will include a cloud-based remote access infrastructure that can be scaled up on the fly to support an entire workforce when needed. They should have relationships managed services partners that can help businesses handle increased IT operational workload so they can stay focused on their immediate business needs.

We are Here to Help

If you need help getting your business into the cloud quickly, enabling remote work, mitigating the risks of offshore outsourcing or reinforcing your business continuity plan with the agility of Azure and Office 365 technologies — our team is here to help. Get in touch to schedule a call today.

Remote Work

Tips for Remote Work

Testing the waters of remote working for the first time – whether it’s due to a challenging day or a worldwide pandemic – can be a daunting prospect. At Veracloud, we understand the challenges all too well – we’ve been an almost entirely remote workforce since our get-go and have learned a lot along the way.

The good news is going remote could make your teams happier and more productive if you get it right. If your team needs to work from home or you’re considering trying it out for your business, here are our top tips for remote work to get you started.

Communicate

Keeping communication open and collaboration going can be one of the biggest challenges of working from home – teams can begin to feel siloed. Luckily, there is Microsoft Teams that make collaborating remotely a lot easier.

Set Expectations

Whether fixed or flexible working hours teams will depend highly on the type of business you run. Your customer service team may need to be available between specific hours, while others might pick up a project any time of day. Some types of work may be possible from home, while others might not. Whatever your expectations communicate them clearly from the start.

Wellbeing

Difficulty unplugging is one of the top struggles of remote workers, so make sure to encourage people to take proper breaks and time away from their desks. Even if working from home means you can be flexible with your time, setting your own hours and sticking to them helps maintain work-life balance and mentally untangle at the end of the day. It would be ideal if you can dedicate some space or a spare room for work. Think how you use devices, ideally having two, so it can serve as a mental cue to separate work and personal time.

Secure your setup

Remote working inevitably brings new security considerations. Every worker needs to remain safe online while working from home, and we at Veracloud can make that happen. Dont let the remote-working rush create a playground for spies and cybercrooks.

Trust

Remember, remote working may take a little time to get used to. There are new ways of working and communicating for everyone to get to grips with. The love of doing good work just doesn’t go away because teams are working from home, values remain regardless of where you work.

Remote working also brings benefits to your business and employees such as increased productivity, happiness and better health – and may even be worth considering long-term.

How can Vercloud help?

We’re a Microsoft MSP and our #1 goal is helping you thrive in the cloud through COVID-19 and beyond through many options such as remote working. After your Windows Virtual Desktop deployment, you’re not alone — our Managed Services team is available around the clock if you need us, so you can stay focused on doing business.

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Multi-Cloud Optimisation

Organizations are rapidly increasing public cloud adoption, but the promise of agility and elasticity often comes with a lack of insight into what is needed from an application resourcing perspective. This leads to poor performance and higher than budgeted bills. With cloud deployments beyond human scale, intelligent automation is needed to deliver world-class application performance.

Veracloud can help you continuously optimise cloud compute, storage and database resources based on application demand across AWS, Azure and your private cloud. We can eradicate idle and forgotten cloud assets, provide real-time insight of your environment and eliminate cost leaks across your multi-cloud environment.

Read more about our Multi-cloud optimisation solution and let us demonstrate how we help customers accelerate their journey to the cloud and then continuously optimize once they get there.

IBM’s Red Hat acquisition exposes its cloud business weakness

In a move showing just how desperate it is to boost its sagging cloud business, IBM agreed to pay a whopping $34 billion for Red Hat, which provides open source software to the enterprise. IBM isn’t gaining any technology through this acquisition; it already has access to any open source technology Red Hat develops. It isn’t gaining revenue or profit at a level material to IBM, and the free cash flow it gains may barely cover the cost of the debt IBM issues to pay for the transaction.

The only sane rationale for this acquisition is that Red Hat can somehow transform IBM’s culture, evolving the company from dinosaur to modern cloud player. Perhaps it’s copying Microsoft’s playbook, and plans to put Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst in charge as IBM’s version of Satya Nadella. As uniquely talented a leader as Whitehurst is, this is a tall order for any mortal, and one the odds don’t favor. Or perhaps they intend to split the company into a smaller, more nimble cloud business led by Whitehurst, while carving off the cash flow generating legacy businesses.

That would increase the odds of success, but any way you look at it, this is a Hail Mary pass for IBM.

Source: Scott Crenshaw, for Rackspace.com

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