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The Role of Technology in Our Global Crisis

How is technology helping society in the face of the ever-growing global crisis we are facing with the Covid-19 pandemic?

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The world in which we live has never been better connected than we are now with technology, and that is a positive for society in the ever-growing global crisis we are facing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Today’s technology allows us to stay connected, to stave off boredom, to continue working and to educate ourselves and our youth.

How can we stay connected when social distancing and sheltering in place?

Wanting connection with others is part of the human condition. Over the years, families have come to live further and further apart, and many people move on a fairly regular basis. But as that model has evolved, so has technology. Just in my lifetime, we’ve gone from the days of only having postal services, telegraphs and landline telephones to keep us connected to having mobile telephones and the Internet. With those two things, we get a cornucopia of options, including email, chat rooms, instant messaging, social media, online gaming, eCommerce, live streaming and so forth.

These technologies can keep us connected to work, family and friends near and far as well as to our local communities. My own neighborhood is actively looking for ways to help each other with simple exchanges of items like trading toilet paper for hand sanitizer. We had a brief power and Internet outage this morning, and we immediately managed to converse about it since we all had Facebook up on our mobile phones. Luckily, it was just a quick flicker and we were back with power and online.

What are people doing to stave off boredom while businesses are shut down?

While those of us who already worked remotely (as we primarily do at Caringo) may have our heads down focused on enabling our customers, we know that many people are unable to go to work due to shutdowns of businesses. So whether it is during normal work hours or after hours and weekends, we are looking for more and more entertainment options. How many online happy hours and get-togethers have you attended over the past couple of weeks? Are you still using social discovery sites (for example, dating sites)? Are you live streaming entertainment? Or maybe you are watching old as well as current movies (many of which are becoming available since their theatre releases have been interrupted or delayed) and binge-watching shows. Organizations have been highly focused on modernizing their digital video archives to enable video workflows and make video assets instantly accessible for streaming. Of course, all of these options come courtesy of technology, and we find it gratifying that the work we put into our Caringo Swarm Object Storage for Media & Entertainment Solution is helping businesses provide these valuable sources of connection, news and entertainment.

How is technology helping with managing the Covid-19 medical crisis?

From supply chain management software to 3D printers to storing medical information and imaging for patients, technology is hard at work helping in the war against Covid-19. It is helping epidemiologists, doctors and healthcare workers around the world to share what they are finding as more and more people seek treatment for Covid-19. It is also helping everyday people find accurate and valuable information that enables them to make smart choices for themselves and those who rely on them. This information ranges from being able to see a world view like that presented by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center to reading guidelines from the World Health Organization and Center Disease Control (CDC) down to finding out what is going on in your local area.

What role will HPC technology play in Covid-19 research?

High-Performance Computing (HPC) has been around for a long time, but recent advances in technology will help to speed us to the answers that will help us bend or flatten the curve. Technology organizations are working with national laboratories and medical researchers to arm them with the tools they need to collect, store, manage and analyze data. The US federal government is now forming a COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium where industry, academic institutions and federal laboratories will collaborate to try to identify or create candidate compounds in hopes of preventing or treating a coronavirus infection. This is where the information collected by those on the front lines of treating patients can empower new discoveries.

Modernizing the Way We Store and Manage Data

Since the release of our first Object Storage Platform in 2006, Caringo has been in the business of helping organizations store and manage massive amounts of unstructured data. And, over the course of field-hardening that software platform, we have gathered expertise within our organization to help quickly stand up active archives for many use cases, including Medical & Research organizations. If you need to modernize your archive, we can help you evaluate options quickly and effectively. Contact us today to set up an appointment to speak with one of our storage experts.

Learn More

Watch our Tech Tuesday webinar on demand featuring Eric Dey, Caringo Director of Product, and Rachana Ananthakrishnan, Globus Head of Product, to learn more about storing and managing data in HPC. You are also invited to join us today at 11am PT for the live webcast of today’s third episode of Brews & Bytes. David Boland, Wasabi Director of Product Marketing, will join Eric Dey and Adrian J Herrera, Caringo VP Marketing. They will discuss the relationship between on-premises and cloud storage and how you can use them to advance your organization’s initiatives. (Available on demand after the live event.)

Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook

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Sarah Cook is Caringo's Director of Marketing and brings deep expertise in Product Marketing and Technical/Marketing/Corporate Communications. Sarah has worked for some of the biggest names in technology including Dell and Cisco and holds a B.A. in English Composition with a minor in Music from the University of North Texas. She sings with and serves on the Board of Directors for Panoramic Voices, a 501(c)3 choral collaborative in Austin, TX.

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