COVID-19 drives uptake
The current pandemic has further contributed to the acceleration in cloud adoption. It has caused many businesses to review the limitations and lack of flexibility of their existing infrastructure arrangements. In lockdown we have seen a dramatic surge in the use of cloud-based video collaboration tools. The average number of weekday remote meetings carried out in the NHS using Microsoft Teams reached 90,250 during May 2020. Solutions like Skype for Business, Google Meet and Zoom have also been used extensively by businesses of all sizes.
These tools have allowed businesses to adapt, survive and thrive in these difficult times. They drive agility, helping businesses to switch operations quickly in order to fight against the virus where needed, or to quickly scale to meet fast-changing market demands.
"Cloud helps businesses to adapt to changing circumstances much more quickly than if they are relying on their own servers or data centre infrastructure."
In light of the increased cybersecurity threat presented when entire workforces work remotely, the enhanced security that most cloud solutions offer is likely to further add to peace of mind. Multi-factor authentication, approved sign-ins from mobile apps using push notifications, biometrics, or one-time passcodes, are now commonplace across many platforms, as well as host meeting control features, such as passcodes, waiting rooms, and meeting lock for participants.