The recent shift to the remote working model by companies amid the Covid-19 crisis will bolster the adoption of cloud-based services, according to a survey.
While 64% of organisations in India are expected to increase their demand for cloud computing services, 56% will seek cloud softwares, data intelligence firm IDC said in a report.
The statement from the company did not mention the number of firms or the industries surveyed for the study. The organisation is yet to respond to TechCircle’s query on the same.
Additionally, companies will use software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based collaborative apps more to ensure on- and off-site presence at all times, along with zero disruption to business, it said. This will also increase the need for human and cloud software remote support services, especially in the security and identity segments, the company said.
The trend is expected to reflect mainly in the media, education, information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services (ITeS) industries, as remote working has brought online entertainment and virtual classrooms into focus, it said. Virtual private networks (VPNs), collaboration suites, end-point encryption and cloud tools will also witness an uptake.
“We expect an accelerated adoption of cloud, as organisations explore testing of many new initiatives natively on cloud. As industries move away from infrastructure of ownership, pay-per-use models are likely to see an accelerated demand. Public cloud services will be among the few technologies that are positively impacted by the Covid-19,” Rishu Sharma, principal analyst for cloud and artificial intelligence at IDC India, said.
While the impact of Covid-19 will be clearer in the coming quarters, cloud has been a savior during the crisis, Sharath Srinivasamurthy, research director for enterprise solutions and ICT practices at IDC India, said.
“Cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and collaboration tools helped enterprises to stay in touch with their employees, clients and partners. Cloud-based solutions continued to run and enable seamless business operations during the crisis and this has increased the confidence of enterprises in embracing cloud,” he added.