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COVID-19 stress tests cloud services

With the COVID-19 virus forcing millions of people to work from home, cloud service providers are being put to the test.

Paul Krill / InfoWorld

Editor's Note

Many companies have hesitated in the migration of at least some (usually legacy) applications to the cloud, citing obstacles that include costs, security and the level of resources required. But as we’ve all been reminded recently, large-scale disasters have a way of quickly sharpening society’s focus on the most essential functions. That focus also translates to each and every business.

The reality is that, for years, large cloud providers have dramatically outpaced the broader market in economies of scale for infrastructure hardware and software. As the impending economic headwinds force companies to prioritize their most critical functions, moving workloads to the cloud is a logical next step. It’s nearly impossible to be as prepared to handle hardware or service failure as well as major cloud providers do.

If the global economy continues to contract, we should expect that companies will accelerate migrations out of their in-house data centers so that they can shift internal focus back to their fundamental competitive differentiators.

-Larry Hau

 

COVID-19 stress tests cloud services

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