In the recent survey by the International Data Corporation (IDC), it was found that the public cloud will experience greater investment in technology-based infrastructure. The reason is widespread of pandemic and increased adoption of the work-from-home policy.

The IDC’s COVID-19 Impact on IT spending Survey, May 2020, speaks that 64% of the organizations in India will see increased demand for cloud computing, while the rest of 56% for cloud software will support the new normal.

The IT infra that includes VPNs, collaboration suites, endpoint encryption, and cloud tools will see high demand, as per IDC. Additionally, industries such as media, IT/ITES, and education will be using digital, cloud-based tools more because of online entertainment, virtual classrooms, and collaborative approach owing to increased remote working.

Talking about collaboration, SaaS-based collaborative applications are seeing more demand with an increased need to work remotely. The work-from-home policy also led to an increase in remote support services (based on professional skills and cloud software) and security of sensitive data.

“We expect an accelerated adoption of cloud, as organizations 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,” said Rishu Sharma, Principal Analyst, Cloud and Artificial Intelligence, IDC India.

According to Sharath Srinivasamurthy, Research Director, Enterprise Solutions and ICT Practices, IDC India, “Cloud-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and collaboration tools helped enterprises stay in touch with their employees, clients, and partners.”

When it comes to the sustainable development of SMBs and large scale enterprises of India, cloud-based solutions have been supporting business operations during the crisis. The result will be more innovation and value-added features in embracing the cloud even after the crisis ends.