The actual sanitary context has triggered an economic crisis with significant consequences. We have seen that some projects have been halted given the priority of saving lives by stopping most of the activities by encouraging social distancing, which is critical.
Within this situation, we see an adoption of new strategies and initiatives concerning cloud technology and, at Linke, we know that this may be a good time to incorporate more cloud-based tools and maintain the competitiveness of companies.
Adoption of cloud initiatives
Many companies worldwide have faced an almost complete halt in sales and operations while their structural and operating costs have not decreased in the same way, causing a situation of free fall from which companies will recover in the medium or long term.
As a consequence of the current situation, many companies have needed to rely more than ever on technological tools to ensure the continuity of their businesses, such as remote working, videoconferencing or secure communications tools.
All this is based on the different advantages that cloud computing offers:
- Pay-per-use model
- On demand resources
- Elasticity of infrastructures that allow us to adapt our consumption to our real demand, whether it is down or up (horizontally or vertically growing).
At Linke we expect that in the event of a new situation of confinement, there will be an acceleration in initiatives to adopt cloud-based solutions. Let's see why this moment is a good one for deploying a migration project:
Cloud migration during Covid-19. Is it a good idea?
Migration of applications and workloads to the cloud is a very representative case that we have been talking about during these last weeks. These projects are normally carried out in situations where business operations are maintained and much of their complexity lies in the coordination and mitigation of the risks and impacts that the migration of an application has for the business.
Coordinating the shutdown and data transfer to the cloud as well as the testing and validation of the migrated systems while trying to minimize the impact on the business is very complex and requires a lot of effort from all the actors involved in the project, whether they are technicians, managers or end users of the applications.
This situation opens an unprecedented window of opportunity to undertake cloud migration projects in a fast and simplified manner. Businesses can take advantage of this:
- Execute cloud migration projects quicker and easier and therefore save on costs.
- Migrate applications to the cloud that help companies free themselves from the burdens and limitations of their traditional technology infrastructures and adopt a pay-per-use model of consumption from day one, with no strings attached.
- Optimize operating costs.
In fact, all those companies that have already included migration of applications to the cloud in their roadmap can take advantage of this moment to bring forward the execution of these projects and help improve their companies' technology consumption model in the near future.
In turn, it is to be expected that after the pandemic, companies will have other needs and priorities for resuming their activities. If they do not act quickly, companies run the risk of losing the existing opportunity and being forced to delay their digitalization initiatives, putting them in a delicate situation in view of the risk of a further stoppage in the coming months, losing the competitive advantage that a migration to the cloud can bring them.
Consolidating the cloud model
A great example and ally of these initiatives is AWS, which has opened up different solutions for companies to make use of cloud solutions and implement them more quickly. In this case, AWS has reinforced its systems to manage peak demand, cost savings or those of Disaster Recovery and backups, responding to the guarantee of service continuity.
Let's think about the opportunities offered by cloud computing: Big Data, IoT, Machine Learning, among many others. There are endless opportunities for companies to adopt new technologies and improve their competitiveness thanks to them.
This change affects everything from the internal organization of companies to the service provided to customers. Due to the impact of remote working it is now more common to use online applications to keep in touch with work teams, manage projects, upload important documents, etc. On the other hand it is important to consider cloud migration to ensure proper attention to the needs of our customers.
At Linke we are sure that in the near future, companies are going to need to remain competitive more than ever and cloud computing is positioning itself as the best option for overcoming not only the health crisis, but also the day-to-day running of each company.