We are all witnessing a phenomenon that no one had expected, a sort of domino effect linked to the spread of the infection by coronavirus: the infrastructure on which rests the online world as we know it are put to the test by a request unprecedented in terms of traffic and resources, so much so that some platforms (in particular video streaming) have decided to lower voluntarily, the quality of the broadcast content so as to avoid the risk of blackouts or disruptions of service. Microsoft today announced the intention of doing something very similar with the cloud of Azure.

The resources of Azure, for the fight against COVID-19

In short, the group of Redmond says the willingness to allocate resources with priority to the realities that deal with managing the emergency, for example, those operating in the health sector or at government level. This, of course, in the case of manifest need.

A choice is understandable, that of Microsoft, which like other giants of the hi-tech world it is deployed immediately to the side of the institutions engaging in the front line in tackling the advance of the coronavirus also leveraging on technological tools. Here is what has been declared by the company and reported in an intervention that is shared on the pages of the official blog.

We are actively monitoring trends in performance and use, 24/7. Demand continues to grow, and if we were to encounter problems in terms of capacity, we have established clear criteria by which to assign the cloud resources. First of all, will be attributed to rescuers, to services for the management of health and emergency, critical infrastructures for government organizations and for ensuring that those who work remote will remain operational.

There is also a direct reference to Teams, the solution of the group for the smart working that in the last few weeks showed a significant increase in the terms of use, in consequence of the lockdown that has forced him to house millions of employees around the world.

In the same post, Microsoft also emphasizes the implementation of initiatives designed to ensure that the data centers are distributed worldwide and remain active, ensuring that those who work with us appropriate measures for the protection of staff.