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Zoom Picks Oracle for Cloud Infrastructure as Demand Surges

Saad Ullah

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Surge in the demand of Zoom has led it to turn towards Oracle to boost its infrastructure.

Zooming to the Clouds

The collaboration was announced through a press release, stating that Oracle was chosen for the cloud infrastructure expansion by Zoom as it offered better performance, scalability, reliability and better security. Zoom has seen an immense surge in its demand as people all over the world are isolated at home and many people find that to work or study remotely, Zoom is one of the requirements for group video calls. The second generation cloud infrastructure of Oracle enables Zoom to continue scaling and adding more users without impacting on the quality of services. On why Oracle was selected, Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said,

“We recently experienced the most significant growth our business has ever seen, requiring massive increases in our service capacity. We explored multiple platforms, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was instrumental in helping us quickly scale our capacity and meet the needs of our new users. We chose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure because of its industry-leading security, outstanding performance, and unmatched level of support.”

The use of Oracle cloud services mean that Zoom will be able to maintain its leadership when it comes to video calls. The platform is already touching seven petabytes of data every day through Oracle. In simple words, the platform creates roughly 93 hours of High Definition Video per day.

Oracle CEO Safra Catz was happy and proud that Zoom had selected his company to support the future,

“Video communications has become an essential part of our professional and personal lives, and Zoom has led this industry’s innovation. We are proud to work with Zoom, as both their cloud infrastructure provider and as a customer, while they grow and continue to connect businesses, people and governments around the world.”

Zoom Security

Zoom, as much as its demand has risen, has also increasingly faced hacking and phishing issues. As the COVID 19 pandemic rages on, there has been an increase in credential phishing to gain access to use accounts.

The most preferred way has been to send emails to users with hackers posing as Zoom administrators. The email greets the users and gives a link to activate their accounts. Another method that is employed is that a “missed meeting” message is emailed, with a link letting the users connect to the meeting.

In both cases, the links are directed towards spoofed pages, with the website made to look like a genuine one. When users input their username and password, the data is logged and collected by the scammers.

Not a fault of the Zoom platform itself, but it has come under pressure lately to make its users more aware of the scams and methods used to violate their privacy.

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