Self-isolation during COVID-19 causes internet infrastructure demand to rise
With millions bound to their homes due to the pandemic, people are moving most of their activities to the digital space, which has tremendously increased global usage of the internet network.
March 19, 2020
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Internet infrastructure has experienced significant growth in demand due to the increased amount of people confined to their homes, consequently working and shopping remotely due to the enforced precautionary measures.
Having most of our daily activities migrating to the digital space, internet infrastructure is being strained by the sheer amount of users. As a result, e-commerce has been booming as many stores remain shut due to safety policies. Additionally, there has been a notable increase in subscription-based digital services, as out-of-home entertainment is no longer a viable option.
Internet service providers are extending data caps to meet the newfound reliance on the network, however, some experts express uncertainty concerning internet infrastructure’s ability to keep up with the rapidly growing demand.
“The amount of time people are spending online, whether it be for work or leisure, has been immense, which is not surprising, considering all the restrictions that have been enforced,” says Vincentas Grinius, CEO of Heficed.
“In pursuance to maintain stability, the demand for internet servers has risen by at least 30 per cent, and, based on how the current events are developing, the need to accommodate the reliance will only continue to grow,” adds Grinius.
According to Grinius, Heficed has accumulated enough server stock supply to meet the current demand and lessen the strain on the infrastructure, as a wide range of hardware is kept in storage facilities throughout the US and Europe. Furthermore, Heficed is encouraging companies to lease their unused IP resources via the IP address market in order to facilitate more resources for ISPs and others in need of network infrastructure.
Current events have revealed how well businesses are prepared to accommodate a remote workforce. Business VPNs, that give workers direct access to their company’s system through a private network, have been overwhelmed by the employee usage. High-capacity VPNs are essential for companies seeking to continue their work, as organizations that are less equipped will eventually succumb to the increased load. Adapting a highly developed network infrastructure, such as offered by Heficed, can aid in handling the escalating use and help maintain operational stability.
The Internet may need to strengthen its backbone, as the ever-growing online activity has attracted a new wave of cyberattacks. Novel threats are targeting internet users in an attempt to retrieve sensitive data. Heficed offers abuse management as part of their service package, seeking to combat any malicious activity, directed at their clients’ resources.
The present state of affairs has highlighted some of the weaknesses concerning the current network infrastructure however implementing some additional measures to improve its stability may prevent companies from compromising their operations and ensure they continue to work during the pandemic.