If you were asked to name 2 things that you think became most popular during the covid-19 pandemic, what would that be? My answer will definitely be social distancing and cloud computing services.
Over the last few days, the most common word that you might be seeing in your inbox, or news, or blogs is “unprecedented.” Lines such as “during this unprecedented time”, “affected on an unprecedented scale”, etc., would be filling your inbox every day. This unplanned and unpreparedness was the very reason that motivated organizations to move into multiple cloud computing services at record time.
A report from Flexera confirms that coronavirus increased cloud use among enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses.
Top cloud computing service providers namely AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud have reported a consistent increase in usage.
The last few months saw the Internet’s most loved brands report astounding figures. Facebook recording surged to amounts what they usually expect on new year’s eve. Netflix reported 200x new subscribers. TikTok became the most installed app with 2 billion installs.
It’s hard to imagine what the world would be like if cloud services were not there. Business continuity would be impossible. The economy would be down. Even running government would be a challenge. In simple words, total chaos. Cloud has not only helped people run affairs remotely from their homes, it has offered them every data needed to do the job proactively.
Let’s dive into different problems that cloud computing services have helped solve, one at a time.
Solving business continuity problems
Moving to a cloud infrastructure as a part of digital transformation became a need from an option. A business that does not have a cloud infrastructure in place is in no way able to operate. In contrast, those who do, continue to enjoy features like security and compliance, employee-client engagement, on-time production, and delivery, etc.
Even if physical interaction is no longer commonplace, enterprises and institutions around the world are able to work. Organizations with as-a-service technology are having employees work for them remotely.
Conference calls that only saw managers and clients as participants are now crowded with every member of the workforce. This was possible with the aid of collaborative solutions like Zoom, and Slack, that was utterly easy to use. According to a Microsoft blog in March, Teams saw a monthly usage spike of 775% in Italy during the pandemic.
Solving learning problems
The biggest benefactor, or should I say, the best usage of cloud computing service has been done by the education industry.
Schools – the primal creators of the world’s workforce – were truly the last adopters of Cloud. It’s one thing that they teach technology starting from its very roots. However, implementing the same has always been a challenge for most schools around the world.
Most students learned the concept of video calling from smartphones rather than personal computers. Technology like video-calling was predominantly used in higher-level institutions, but school-level students never got the hang of it.
Online learning and tutoring were still considered non-essential until the pandemic struck.
The moment schools realized that educating students from its premises is no more a possibility, Cloud seemed the only solution to them. Today, almost all schools use some kind of application running on a cloud-based platform to facilitate distance learning.
Teachers and tutors are delivering lessons through live or recorded classes. Students are using apps like Zoom and Teams to connect with their schools, teachers, and classmates. In other words, instead of going to school, the school has come to them.
All of this has been made possible with the help of cloud computing services.
Solving health problems
Although the healthcare industry leads others in digital transformation, they never thought of such a large-scale pandemic. Despite an unforeseeable future, their impeccable preparedness left them less vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus.
Still, a major lot were still driving the future by peddling on legacy infrastructure, until recently. Most of them have digitized and transferred their data to the cloud.
Remote data accessibility and online tools have helped health workers from all types of institutions. It has made it possible for doctors to keep a tab on their patients; helped health facilities purchase necessary equipment; train newcomers and personnel.
Cloud computing services have become essential in today’s world. From government to institutions, and organizations to the common man, everyone’s lives depend on it. Rather, we could say cloud computing plays a vital role in every aspect of our lives. The use of cloud is simply indispensable in this pandemic. The road is bumpy for sure, but it prepares us all for future contingencies.
Every company was sooner or later going to see benefits coming out from Cloud. The pandemic has only brought that sooner.