COVID-19 and the Cloud: Are Your Systems Resilient?

by | Sep 14, 2020 | Cloud, Cybersecurity

Because of COVID-19, businesses are constantly fighting to stay up and running. They need to make sure their business continuity plan stays intact. Before the pandemic, only 10% of businesses had cracked systems resilience and put into place the right technologies to ensure that they weren’t slowed down by COVID-19.

Systems resilience is a system’s ability to operate during a major disruption or crisis with minimal impact on business operational processes. This means most companies were not ready when the pandemic hit. Now IT teams will have to work on creating a more sustained business continuity plan that has up to date prevention and recovery systems.

Businesses have switched to sustaining operations in order to be flexible and manage the increased need for remote network access. With many people working from home, businesses will need to utilize a more resilient method of protecting their data. Now is the time to move to the cloud.

Since COVID-19, there has been a sudden shift to online shopping because everyone is stuck at home and can’t go to physical stores. Businesses might not be able to handle all that traffic without some help; the cloud allows for businesses to meet the demands of this shift. By moving low priority apps to the cloud, resources can be freed up. This can allow businesses to use those freed-up resources for better management of traffic to online sites in order to create a better customer experience.

Another way the cloud can help accelerate innovation is through reconfiguring traffic in order to maximize capacity for critical apps. A good example of this is the change in seasonal demand and increased holiday traffic especially during times like Black Friday.

Leaders will also appreciate the “pay as you go” model offered by the cloud. This lets businesses better align their costs to demand. If they have excess capacity they’re paying for, they can sell that on the secondary market to bring down costs. Conversely, they can pay for greater capacity if their needs aren’t being sufficiently met. This flexibility is invaluable from a business perspective. It lets struggling companies reduce costs and operate more efficiently, and it lets companies seeing an increase in demand quickly ramp up to fulfill customer needs.

Overall, the cloud allows for effective business resilience and optimized utilization. It gives businesses an opportunity to incur fewer problems when adapting to new demands so they don’t have to start from scratch. Once they have moved to the cloud, they can add what they want to it and create a better flowing system for themselves and their customers. Businesses will be able to use new opportunities offered by the cloud in order to emerge from a crisis stronger and more adaptable than before. If you’re interested in learning more or getting started with the cloud yourself, the team at Machado Consulting would be happy to help. You can reach us here or by phone at (508) 453-4700.

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