Known as the ability to work from anywhere, anytime, remote work was a full-on global work movement even before the coronavirus pandemic forced many to work from their homes.
According to an estimate in Forbes, in 2018, 50 percent of the U.S. workforce was projected to be remote; across the pond, Europe’s remote workers have grown from 7.7 percent to 9.8 percent in the past decade. Providing employees with the flexibility to work where and when they want cuts across all industries and company sizes. In fact, many of today’s top companies offer full, half, or partial remote work. Working remotely doesn’t always mean “from home,” either; it can apply anytime an employee works off-site—whether that’s at a coffee shop or a flexible workspace.
Working remotely allows for increased flexibility and autonomy for employees. According to Inc. Magazine, there are nine out of 10 workers who currently work remotely and plan to do so for the remaining time in their job. Easier accessibility to technology such as videoconferencing software, collaboration platforms, and cloud services keep people connected and allow them to have meetings and complete projects from anywhere, anytime. It’s not just the staff who benefit: organisations are starting to regard remote work as an important part of hiring and retaining top talent, while staying competitive in their markets, and even saving on business on expenses.
Azure meets customers where they are in their cloud journey by providing strong options for enabling hybrid cloud implementations. For example, Azure solutions can extend modern cloud capabilities like elastic scale, automation, and unified management to on-premises infrastructure.
Azure boasts one of the most comprehensive portfolios of compliance offerings among cloud providers, covering global, industry, and government-specific regulations including GDPR, HIPAA, NIST, FedRAMP, and more—making it easier to meet your regulatory requirements.
Multiple Azure cloud services offer integration with open-source software and development platforms such as Linux, Kubernetes, .NET, and more. This provides a future-proof platform that enables you and your technology partners to develop and run workloads more flexibly and innovate more freely in cloud-first, on-premises, and hybrid setups.
To meet their portion of the shared responsibility model, many businesses use one of the following solutions:
- Azure’s native single-cloud backup and recovery services: Services offered
by Microsoft to enable local- or geo-redundant backups and recovery within
the Azure network.
- Third-party BCDR tools in Azure: Independent software vendor (ISV) offerings
that protect data natively in Azure.
While these solutions are suitable for many organizations, they may not fully address challenges related to protection, cost, and management. That’s why our partner Datto worked with Microsoft to develop Datto Continuity for Microsoft Azure (DCMA) -- a BCDR solution designed for SMBs and supported by MSPs like us.
What happens when work goes remote?
From how we worked just a year ago, life as we know it has changed. A paradigm shift has occurred and organisations and employees are juggling new environments and new challenges working from home. How are we doing?
In this blog series, we’ll share real-time learnings as we measure the impact of this unprecedented shift on how people work, connect, and balance their lives. We hope these insights will teach us something about how work is changing and how we can respond to get through this—together.
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