With the global spread of the coronavirus, there is a possibility of major disruptions in organizations’ day-to-day activities and operations. The virus outbreak has forced companies to review their business plans, some canceling overseas travel and conferences, others encouraging their staff to work from home.
In the situation like this the switch to virtual desktops and cloud-computing may be one of the ways to save businesses. Some IT industry experts predict coronavirus concerns will increase the adoption of cloud-based services in the attempt to support a large-scale work from home strategy, TechTarget reported.
According to Dion Hinchcliffe, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, companies are already seeking alternatives.
“The CIOs and IT leaders I’ve spoken with this week are busy scrambling rapidly to beef up their policies, technologies and available capacity for remote working,” he said. “[Virtual desktops] and remote desktops are front and center when it comes to enabling remote work, and I expect vendors in this category are very busy right now.”
Cloud services are expected to grow even in the event of a severe global recession. Cash constrained companies would likely use more cloud services rather than buying their own hardware. That happened during the 2009 recession, for example, Salesforce had its revenue growing by 21 percent.
Nevertheless, it isn’t yet possible to estimate how much the coronavirus will affects companies’ daily operations and work-from-home strategies. It will depend on the length and severity of the crisis.