Currently, in the United States, there is one topic that is on everyone’s mind for one reason or another. That topic is the current health scare called Coronavirus or Covid19. This virus has caused more casualties than the SARS epidemic, with little to no indicators of containment. There are two different types of mindsets surrounding the current outbreak, and that is how it will affect people, and then some are thinking of how it will affect their business. With most companies that can do so, sent the majority of their staff to work from home. The one thing that has now become even more widely used is cloud computing services and streaming services.

CloudTech released a timeline of changes listed below:

March 23: Banyan Security, a San Francisco-based vendor, said it would offer free access to its Zero Trust security offering ‘for a limited time’ in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

March 23: Cisco said it would commit $225 million to coronavirus response to ‘support healthcare and education, government response and critical technology.’ The funds, $8m in cash, and $210 in product will, in part, go to the United Nations Foundation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

March 20: Huawei said it had worked with Huazhong University of Science & Technology and Lanwon Technology on an AI project to help ease the burden on imaging doctors who can diagnose and quantitatively analyze Covid-19.

March 17: ServiceNow announced it was making certain apps available to any public agency in the world to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The first app, an emergency response operations app, was built by Washington State on the ServiceNow platform.

March 17: Okta is offering free single sign-on (SSO) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) for secure remote working. “Any organization that would find value in leveraging the Okta Identity Cloud for remote work during an emergency should be able to do so at no cost,” the company wrote.

March 17: Dropbox said it was ‘proud’ to offer free Dropbox Business and HelloSign Enterprise subscriptions for three months to non-profits and NGOs focused on fighting Covid-19. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply here.

March 16: Box CEO Aaron Levie said via Twitter that anybody working on Covid-19 research or response efforts could email to set up free secure file sharing and storage.

March 16: Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, said people working on Covid-19 research, response, or mitigation were entitled to free upgrades to paid plans, setting up a consultation for remote collaboration best practices, among others. Users are asked to email

One thing that people are saying is going to happen is internet overload with the number of people teleworking due to current conditions where the number of people allowed in an office building is very minimal staffing, but the traffic would not change. The only thing that is being replaced is the amount of cloud computing that is being used and where the internet usage is coming from.

Apr 22 20
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