People who were unlucky enough to contract COVID-19 are still wondering about the lasting impacts of the virus – and the impact of COVID-19 on business is also still largely unknown for the world. Businesses have closed, travel has stopped, and everything that was “normal” has disappeared overnight. Statistics are being compiled and devoured the world over by people concerned about the effect COVID has had on every industry. The IT industry has been affected in a major way. A recent article from IEEE Computer Society details a few of the more obvious effects that COVID has had on the IT industry.
Moves to the digital transformation are accelerating since COVID has forced remote work and a more distributed workforce on even the most traditionally-minded company. Modern cloud solutions have been on the rise for years, so this particular shift is a surprise to no one.
Small and medium size businesses have typically been slow to adopt costly backup or HA solutions like network load balancing and standby systems – until COVID changed the game. As more enterprises create and deploy these solutions, the price is going down, allowing smaller businesses the opportunity to invest in this IT.
IEEE Computer Society predicts a boom in AI, a technology which was already quite upwardly mobile even before COVID. Automation was always a time and cost-saver, but now automation in the IT industry provides a valuable service that some businesses have found it impossible to provide.
Finally, COVID has highlighted the need for more flexibility in IT, to support more flexibility with employees. Remote workers, BYOD, secure web gateways like Sangfor Technologies’ VDI and safe connections with VPN’s are just a few of the biggest changes needed to keep a distributed workforce safe and productive in a post-COVID world.
A recent report on the state of the "Global Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market: Size & Forecasts with Impact Analysis of COVID-19 (2020-2024)," has IT professionals interested and not-so-surprised. It’s widely known that VDI provides increased productivity, simplified and centralized management, data security, mobility and savings, and it’s no surprise this would be the go-to solution for a more distributed global workforce. We all watched as the global desktop infrastructure market shot through the roof in recent years, and the report says to expect as much, if not more growth until 2024. What’s making it such a popular solution? The need for increased ease of use and simultaneous security of BYOD, IoT and smartphones and the cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure to make it all run smoothly.