In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, cloud companies are witnessing exponential leaps in demand, straining services, and information connections. Microsoft just released an update about the status of its Azure services, which have recorded a peak increase in demand of as much as 775% in areas where social distancing or lockdowns are enforced.
Last week, Microsoft stated that it will prioritize first responders for Azure access.
In the meantime, Microsoft is adamant that despite the increase in demand, Azure companies are not witnessing any “important service disruptions” — although it’s unclear what qualifies as a service disruption, and there are handfuls of complaints about Azure’s reliability amidst the increase in demand.
The Redmond-based firm stated that it’s expanding the capacity very soon to make sure services remain steady.
Moreover, Microsoft is in talks with internet service providers around the globe to ensure that its companies do not overrun data connections. When vital, Microsoft is also decreasing video quality in Teams meetings and other providers to spare bandwidth.
The problem with the wild increase in demand for cloud services is that corporations like Microsoft must act rapidly to keep capability in check.