As the pandemic spreads across the globe, more people are working from home, navigating the tanking financial markets, buying provisions, and attempting to keep in touch while engaging in social distancing - that’s a whole lot of internet use and bending, and the infrastructure of the web is already showing signs of strain.

To add, what about all the brick and mortar businesses like retail, food and beverage, manufacturing, and health care needs that are now forced to move 100% of their business online, yet they simply aren’t ready for it because:

  1. Their network can’t support the increase in data,
  2. Their network administrator teams can’t expand to support that growth,
  3. Their security teams have the last say…. “its too dangerous to open the flood gates.”

Could our current pandemic actually break the internet? Let’s take a peek at a few industries feeling the internet bending, then, we will show how to keep your business on track and bend with the current global situation.

Retail Business: At High Risk

This week marked a pivotal changed for those business that had brick and mortar shops or a balance of both physical and online. As of today, many of those businesses were forced to close, and those that could, and were ready, moved to 100% online. So, while the shift might seem easy, many, if not all, don’t have the network bandwidth to bed and support the incredible spikes that might be ongoing as folks order food delivery or turn to online retail sales versus in-person malls. As of March 17, Patagonia was forced to shut both its retail stores AND its online business.

Did you know that LogZilla can pre filter/pre-duplicate your network data before it is sent downstream to any log management solution like Splunk or ELK, shaving your costs by 95% in less than 10 minutes—keeping your business moving forward!

So, who else is feeling the bend?

Video Conferencing: Medium Risk

More and more people are stuck working from their couches and many have started using services like Zoom and Skype for virtual meetings, while Hospitals have started seeing spikes in their video bandwidth as well. Video already accounts for 70 percent of network traffic and there will certainly be more people going on Netflix binges as they avoid activities outside the home. Even colleges like Stanford and the University of Washington are also holding lectures using video conferencing since in-person classes have been canceled.

Stock-Trading Sites: High Risk

According to DownDetector, stock sites like Ameritrade and ETrade have been seeing spikes in outage reports as financial markets melt. Web-based trading services often have issues with atypical spikes in traffic because they don’t often use outside cloud providers due to the financially-sensitive nature of stock transactions. These sites typically prefer to develop their own systems in-house to make them more secure, but they often don’t have capacity.

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Stay Healthy & Stay Safe

March 18, 2020

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