Every cloud has a sliver of lining

Attitudes to cloud have changed according to research from Cloud player Aptum.

Cloud player Aptum claims it has has revealed sweeping changes to remote working and cloud collaboration tools due to the coronavirus.

No surprise there, then, in stating the obvious.

The firm found that 76 percent of businesses are using cloud services to facilitate remote working and just under half of the IT pros surveyed have used hosted solutions to provide users with critical services.

Susan Bowen, CEO and president at Aptum, said there had been four changes accelerated by Covid-19, including the shift by customers to really home in on planning and cloud infrastructure; making sure there was digital optimisation; an increase in cloud adoption and a deepening of the commitment by those that had already started; and signs that many customers saw private cloud as an important plank in their strategy.

She said the pandemic had also underlined the fact that there was no longer a need for users to buy infrastructure and they could use MSPs taking advantage of collocation services to meet their requirements.

Aptum found that 92 percent of IT pros were confident in their firms’ business continuity plans during the pandemic.

“They are saying they are confident it works, but also businesses are prepared to take more risks.The Covid situation has meant they haven’t had the time to strategise and have had to adopt and go”, she said.

Aptum has stressed that it will “go on the offensive” at a time when some others are battening down the hatches, and carried out the research to confirm it was on the right track.

“We want to inform the industry leaders looking for data points to support decisions. We can help our channel partners. We did not lay people off because of Covid and we are not taking advantage of the crisis, but we have gone on the offensive, rather than defence.”

Whatever that means.