Workloads that should be moved to cloud immediately

Trinath Bera

02-04-2021

The surge in remote working has put a lot of focus on the cloud services to support all the work from home requirements maintaining the business continuity. Also the corporates need to shift more and more towards Cloud Based Applications/infrastructures to support remote working and critical workloads

A recent Times jobs survey shows that most Indian firms (42%) would continue working remotely for the most part of 2021. The survey was titled ‘How do corporates envisage year 2021?’

42% of the HR Managers said that their organization would continue remote working as Covid 19 outbreak still looms large. As many as 23% managers said that remote working might continue for next 5 years as well.

This surge in remote working has put a lot of focus on the cloud services to support all the work from home requirements maintaining the business continuity. Also the corporates need to shift more and more towards Cloud Based Applications/infrastructures to support remote working and critical workloads. All types of organizations need to prioritize their cloud environments to host following key workloads.

1. Mobility
2. Collaboration
3. Videoconferencing
4. Virtual Desktops
5. Scale Out applications
6. Disaster recovery
7. Business continuity solutions

 Mobility
In the time of this pandemic, its important that the organizations are moving towards mobile based applications so that it can be accessed from anywhere. Also the availability of the organizations key services and data over mobile applications has become one of the most important aspect. The demand variability related to mobile services is aligned with the operating models of different cloud-based solutions which makes cloud an ideal back end for mobile applications. It helps the mobile applications with Flexibility, cost efficiency, multiple platform support and data integrity.

 Collaboration
Cloud based collaboration is of utmost importance for cloud delivery because of its broad, horizontal applicability to most organizations. Remote access can also be enabled by cloud based collaboration.
Microsoft Office 365, Google G suite are examples of applications that supports collaboration.

 Videoconferencing
Videoconferencing is one of the most important tools while working from home. When lockdown was implemented during the pandemic, the demand for videoconferencing increased manifold. This highly variable usage patterns and demand for networking bandwidth requires the cloud solution providers to deliver video conferencing solutions.

 Virtual Desktops
A virtual desktop is an operating system and accompanying applications that are hosted on a server and made accessible to an endpoint – typically a remote endpoint – as if it was running locally on the endpoint. It separates the physical desktops/laptops from the desktop environment and applications. This is the most important aspect of remote working. Individuals can access their applications/documents from anywhere in the world and stay connected. Cloud based remote desktop facilities has become mainstream because of its stability and scalability.

 Scale Out applications
Scale out applications are those which gets benefitted by scaling up the computational resources based on demand. This demand of scaling out applications has inspired many companies to opt for migrating towards data center applications to cloud platforms. The success of the scaling up could environments has established a strong case for the cloud platforms and this has become the preferred environment for hosting applications with variable usage.

 Disaster recovery
Gartner has predicted that around 50% of organizations will increase their budget for cloud based disaster recovery solutions by 2023. The cloud solutions provide pay per use environment and its very cost effective. The capability of the cloud based environments to support the cloud based disaster recovery solutions is on high demand.

 Business continuity solutions
Business continuity indicates that business procedures continue as usual before, during and after a crisis scenario. A recent study from Gartner in 2020 shows, only 12% of the organizations reported that their business process is continuing as normal due to Covid-19. Redundancies in Cloud environments mean that cloud environments offer greater availability guarantee compared to private data centers.