When the Malaysian government announced the first phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses were caught off guard. The MCO eventually extended in multiple phases for up to three months. Employees were laid off while some companies even filed for bankruptcy. With physical businesses suspended, the country’s economy recorded losses estimated at around RM 2.4 billion per day during the MCO.
The pandemic has really put the resiliency of many organisations to the ultimate test. Those with robust continuity plans have been able to adapt and persevere. But how many businesses can say for certain that they are prepared for a long run of unpredictability?
Post-MCO has seen businesses re-strategise their entire business plans. With social distancing measures still in place, organisations must opt for reliable technology to help them rejuvenate their business. One definite positive to have come out of the global crisis is that it gave many businesses a taste of how remote working and cloud technologies could provide them with a level of flexibility and agility they never thought possible.
Experts say that all this has become a catalyst which has accelerated the digital transformation journey for such businesses and the demand for the cloud in this country has never been greater.
It’s impossible to predict whether a second wave of the pandemic might hit, or if another disaster may be lurking just over the horizon. But what companies do have now is the technology that enables them to be as prepared as possible and minimise the impact of any crisis.
To avoid unexpected problems that could render a business inoperable or cause financial insecurities, it needs to be digitally agile and ensure remote working capabilities are in place, secured and ready to be deployed whenever needed.
Business continuity plans have to be resilient while minimising disruption to the workforce as well as applications. At the same time, organisations have to be able to address mounting security challenges and meet all regulations and compliance requirements as they continue their digital transformation journey.
All the above requires them to have the right technological backbone that empowers them to move quickly and adapt to rapid change. Additionally, to ensure secured business continuity, boosting resilience is a prerogative for organisations if they intend to bounce back from any crisis. Organisations have a responsibility to:
Enable a remote workforce.
Protect teams and productivity.
Sustain business operations and maintain IT operations.
Protect vital business systems, data and business-critical applications.
Deliver on current customer commitments.
Regain operational and financial stability.
As a leading innovator in enterprise software, VMware has a number of solutions that offer resilience to businesses so that they’ll be ever prepared to deal with any forms of crisis. But before making any changes, businesses need a solid foundation to ensure they can scale up their transformation journey to reach the level of agility and adaptability required in these uncertain times.
To enable a hybrid cloud environment, VMware Cloud Foundation is a platform for managing VMs and orchestrating containers, built on full-stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) technology. With a single architecture that is easy to deploy, VMware Cloud Foundation enables consistent, secure infrastructure and operations across private and public cloud.
By ensuring security, configuration and application distribution needs are met for a remote workforce, VMware Cloud Foundation sets the groundwork for a flexible, future-forward business, empowering business continuity plans.
To find out more about you can enable VMware Cloud Foundation at your organisation, click here.