During the early days of the coronavirus outbreak many wondered if the internet would end up going down due to the dramatic increase in traffic from remote working, distance learning and people keeping themselves occupied while stuck at home.
In fact, research from Cloudflare revealed that internet usage swelled by over 25 percent in most major cities around the world as a result of lockdown measures. Thankfully though, data center providers were able to upgrade capacity to handle this added strain on their networks.
To learn more about how data centers were able to adapt to this surge in internet usage, TechRadar Pro spoke with the President and CEO of CyrusOne, Tesh Durvasula.
How have data centers coped with the recent surge in internet usage as a result of the global pandemic?
Were the world’s data centers prepared for an event like this, and is there any possibility that it could lead to the internet outages in some regions?
What changes has CyrusOne implemented to cope with the increased load on its systems?
Can you tell us a bit more about your company’s first net-positive water data center in Arizona?
What are some of the ways in which data centers are trying to be more efficient or eco-friendly?
Your company recently laid its stake in Silicon Prairie. Why is this such a sought-after location for many businesses and what are the advantages of operating there?
What does the future hold for the data center industry and what lessons do you think the industry as a whole can learn from the pandemic?