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6 Ways The Tech Industry Is Confronting The Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the IT industry hard with supply chain disruptions, plunging stock prices and forecasts of reduced IT spending.

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Helping Out

Tech companies know they can play a larger role in helping millions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic transition to a new way of working and living that halts transmission of the disease.

“As we navigate this global pandemic, the future of work is changing,” said VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger in a blog post about what he described as a “black swan” event.

As such, VMware is offering free trials of its Workspace ONE and new SD-WAN Work @Home offering while extending free trials of Horizon and VMware Cloud on AWS, Gelsinger said.

Many more IT vendors and service providers are rushing to the aid of businesses, armed with remote collaboration and security tools to enable an offsite work staff.

In addition to providing technical solutions, industry giants are contributing cash to aid the fight against the virus, and relief efforts.

VMware parent Dell Technologies has donated millions of dollars to upgrade IT infrastructure in China hospitals and fund front-line organizations.

“We must protect each other and especially our most vulnerable – our elderly and those with underlying conditions,” Dell CEO and founder Michael Dell said in a blog post.

Salesforce is doing its part by donating $1 million to UCSF’s COVID-19 Respond Fund and $500 thousand to the CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, while matching employee donations to other aid organizations, CEO Marc Benioff announced.

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