With people across several countries advising them to operate from home as practicable, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to pose a unique threat for both frontal and backend applications.
Understandably, much consideration was paid to the former. Zoom, the videoconferencing technology of the day for several firms, has remained well preserved until now, although some inconvenience in the U.K. was found at the time of printing (March 23). Similarly, Netflix decreases its video quality to meet interest outside its office. However, beneath it all, cloud computing suppliers plan to maintain their services online during the pandemic.
Whether cloud computing or technology, many of the world’s leading businesses make their resources accessible to real consumers – particularly healthcare organizations or Covid 19 researchers.
Alibaba Cloud said the Global MediXchange for the Combating Covid-19 had launched by the Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation on March 23. The project was developed to promote “continued communications and cooperation across borders and provide the necessary computational capabilities and data intelligence to enable pivotal research efforts,” with the help of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence and Alibaba Health.
Alibaba Cloud has recently applauded companies for providing credit for purchasing its Elastic Computing Service and cybersecurity services in an earlier Canalysreport. The Company has provided its AI-enabled network to research institutes focusing on coronavirus treatment and prevention. More of these facilities can be read here.
Amazon web services:
On March 20, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has annexed 20 million dollars in diagnostic solutions for its clients. To facilitate science-related workloads for the production of Covid-19 diagnostics, the AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative applies to approved research and private organizations with the AWS.
The project is co-organized with 35 global science establishments, newcomers, and companies and funded by a leading external international consulting community of scientists and specialists on global health policy. More about the project can be found here.
Thomas Kurian detailed the Company’s comprehensive ambitions in a blog post dated March 31, Google Cloud CEO. Google Cloud assists numerous healthcare organizations in addition to prior programs, such as the opening up of unrestricted access to specialized Hangouts Conference video conferencing services for all G and G Suite for education customers worldwide.
The Johns Centre for Systems Science and Engineering and the Mayo Clinic, the University of California Health System, and others were given free of charge for many public Covid-19 datasets and the Covid-19 Health Alliance. In G-Suite, the NHS uses G-Suite to compile information from occupancy, accident, and emergency response based on real-time.
From a more global viewpoint, Google revealed on March 27 that its plans for small companies and a more considerable disaster response amount to over $800 million. The World Health Organisation will be funded with ad funding of $250 million, NGOs and financial organizations with $200 million to support SMB’s, $340 million in Google Advertising to aid small business with active accounts in the last year, and $20 million in Google Cloud loans for university and research institutions.
The business took more action already. On March 17, Google postponed its next Cloud event after agreeing to take its April 6-8 meeting online.
The IBM announced that the Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium would be set up in cooperation with the White House and the United States Ministry of Public Works Department of Energy. The business said it would pull together an ‘unprecedented’ volume of calculating capacity – 16 devices with over 330 petaflops, 775,000 CPU cores, 34,000 GPUs, and more – to ‘enable researchers to understand. Covid-19, its therapies and future treatments more efficiently around the world.’
The next move, said IBM, will be partnering with consortium members to ‘review researchers’ ideas all over the world and make it possible for initiatives that can have the most immediate effect to have access to this supercomputing capability.’
On March 19, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams’ free use as a teamwork platform for National Health Service (NHS) workers around Britain. Around March 16 and March 20, NHS Digital deployed teams for all NHSmail customers.
A “coronavirus self-checker” project, along with the U.S. Disease Control and Prevention, has been developed by Microsoft in the USA. The bot named Clara is released on March 23 and aims at helping people make decisions if possible Covid-19 signs are present.
ZDNet announced on March 24 that some of its programs are being tossed away to retain Office 365.
On March 23, The White House announces the high-performance COVID-19 Computing Consortium, chaired by the United States’ White House. The Department of Energy and the IBM ‘provide worldwide COVID-19 researchers with access to the most efficient high-performance computing tools in the world, which can significantly advance the speed of scientific discovery in combatting the virus.’
On March 27, In a blockchain-based COVID-19 data center, the World Health Organisation collaborates with Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and others.
On March 2, Google announces it is moving digitally to the Google Cloud Next’20 gathering. This simulated case is planned for April 6 to April 8 (Google Cloud Next’20: Digital Connect).
On March 17, Google delays Google Cloud Next ’20: Digital Link until further notice in response to rising concerns.
On March 3, To offer schools and educational facilities that have been forced to close due to COVID-19, Google opens free access to state-of-the-art hemp Videoconferencing capability to both G Suite and G Suite for Education’s customers globally.
On March 30, Google may use its COVID-19 shared dataset program to make a host registry or public databases available and accessible.
The use of cloud technologies has long been growing, with Gartner being regarded as one of the most alarming factors in the technology market. Recent events have not stopped organizations from shifting their infrastructure; the cloud’s value and rapid digital change have been emphasized.
Now that it slows down to make remote activity, companies are searching for solutions to help both successful and, in some cases, prosper in this unpredictable time—their cloud solution. We’re used to hearing the term “the new normal,” but we also have to understand what it means entirely. Cloud computing helps the business to enhance the companies and make their work more comfortable to do.