As companies of all sizes modernise their applications and systems, they are increasingly turning to the cloud as a means of enabling faster innovation and agility, saving cost, remaining competitive, growing revenue and adapting to evolving markets.
Indeed, by 2022, three-quarters of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform, with just 5% ever considered for repatriation to on-premises, according to Gartner. Already, cloud databases accounted for almost 70% of the market growth in the database market in 2019. Yet, there’s another factor that’s accelerating this migration to the cloud at an even faster pace than originally predicted.
COVID-19 changed the world suddenly and dramatically. In March 2020, nearly the entire world came to halt in an effort to control the pandemic. Businesses not enabled for an all-digital, no-touch world had to quickly figure out how to move forward, how to evolve and how to keep up with the changing world.
The cloud served as a key resource to help companies adopt digital approaches quickly. Whether it’s to reduce the reliance on a physical location for work or business, or to gain agility to handle increased demand at a time when most people are ordering everything online. For many businesses around the world, the desire to move mission critical applications to the cloud suddenly became a matter of a company’s survival.
Recent research in polling over 500 enterprise engineering and IT professionals at manager level and above across the UK, US, France and Germany, found that 40% of respondents are now accelerating their move to the cloud because of COVID-19.
The cloud enables businesses to increase their compute capacity without the need to invest in hardware and facilities. Cloud-based services, such as a database-as-a-service (DBaaS), can instantly provision the technology a company needs to power their digital businesses. Without relying on physical

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