Microsoft Corp. is running the cloud market as per its latest update in the pandemic. The company has seen an enormous spike in the cloud services traffic since the majority of the countries began to enforce social distancing and other measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak globally.
As per the latest update, Microsoft observed following over the last week:
- A 775 percent increase of the cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing or shelter in place orders.
- A very significant spike in Teams usage and now has more than 44 million daily users. Those users generated over 900 million meetings and calling minutes on Teams daily in a single week. You can read more about Teams data here.
- Windows Virtual Desktop usage has grown more than 3x.
- Government use of public Power BI to share COVID-19 dashboards with citizens has surged by 42 percent in a week.
Everybody saw it coming
The reasons for the increased usage of Microsoft’s services are reasonably obvious. Microsoft’s product portfolio includes services that are proving to be invaluable to the organizations globally, reinforcing work from home.
For instance, Microsoft’s Teams App saw its daily active users spike by 37% earlier this month. The user activity reached more than 900 million minutes per day on the Teams app. Teams rival Slack, and Zoom registered a similar growth in daily usage.
To support the sudden increase in cloud service usage, the company is taking all the measure to maintain the business continuity for the majority of its users. In the official blog, Microsoft mentioned,
“Despite the significant increase in demand, we have not had any significant service disruptions. As a result of the surge in use over the last week, we have experienced significant demand in some regions (Europe North, Europe West, UK South, France Central, Asia East, India South, Brazil South) and are observing deployments for some compute resource types in these regions drop below our typical 99.99 percent success rates.
Although the majority of deployments still succeed (so we encourage any customers experiencing allocation failures to retry deployments), we have a process in place to ensure that customers that encounter repeated issues receive relevant mitigation options. We treat these short-term allocation shortfalls as a service incident, and we send targeted updates and mitigation guidance to impacted customers via Azure Service Health—as per our standard process for any known platform issues.”
Live Gaming might put a strain on Azure capacity
Xbox Live is the biggest concern to prevent overloading on the Azure infrastructure. The social distancing also gave rise to the gaming minutes around the globe, which might have put a strain on the cloud infrastructure. In reply to this, the company said, “We’re actively monitoring performance and usage trends to ensure we’re optimizing services for gamers worldwide. At the same time, we’re taking proactive steps to plan for high-usage periods, which includes taking prudent measures with our publishing partners to deliver higher-bandwidth activities like game updates during off-peak hours.”
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