Game downloads and updates have become behemoth in size (e.g., 200GB for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) and continue to increase. Each technical improvement to the game itself leads to more bloat in the size, and the potential for slowing down the gaming experience overall. The slow pre-game download, installation and setup experience alone can take some of the shine off the fun.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, a smaller-scale crisis has emerged. Government and public sector websites tasked with some of the most important tasks in society, such as administering unemployment insurance claims and other benefits and providing access to crucial services, including applications for Covid-19-related financial aid, have buckled under the sheer weight of demand. Downtime has crushed essential sites globally, which have been overwhelmed by unheard-of levels of traffic.
The nature of education has been changing for a long time, enabling students from around the world to access learning from almost any other place in the world thanks to improvements in connectivity tools, conferencing tools and network quality. You could easily graduate from higher education completely via distance. Many people do.
They say you can’t be ‘up’ all the time, but when it comes to business-critical websites, you kind of have to be up… all the time. There is no foolproof way to avoid downtime completely, but knowing that it’s expensive - both in upfront costs (immediate costs of resource allocation and customer frustration) and in the longer term (revenue and loss of customers and their trust) - is ample incentive to avoid it at all costs.