Storage vendors are making some of their software and hardware technology available for no charge to help researchers, businesses, work-from-home users, and partners run their businesses and work remotely during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Help From The Storage Vendor Community During The Pandemic
Stay-at-home orders across the country have forced businesses both large and small to find ways to get all or most of their employees set up for remote work at record numbers, and solution providers to help out. An MIT survey conducted in early April estimated that 34.1 percent of Americans who four weeks earlier were commuting to work are now working from home. This, combined with the 14.6 percent of workers who reported working from home before the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, means that almost 50 percent of American workers now work from home.
This shift in workers from the office to their homes has resulted in a major impact on IT infrastructures, leaving businesses looking at how to keep their employees productive in less-than-ideal settings.
For such businesses, storage vendors have been introducing free data storage technologies ranging from simple data protection software to help home workers keep their data safe to large research institutions researching the very nature of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Some of these free data storage offerings are limited in time or duration, while others could have long-lasting impact on organizations. In any case, they may bring welcome relief to issues around the management and protection of data during this pandemic.
CRN has collected information on 32 storage and hyper-converged infrastructure vendors with free data storage offers targeted at helping the new and the veteran home works and businesses cope with COVID-19. Turn the page, and be prepared to be amazed.