Critical services and data infrastructure providers across Texas are racing to keep technology and operations running in the face of a winter storm that has strained electrical grids and left hundreds of thousands of people without power.

Widespread outages and extreme weather conditions have closed businesses, emptied store shelves and contributed to a number of deaths across the state since the weekend, when temperatures began plunging below freezing.

Investments in cloud services, spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, have helped companies cope with disruption from extreme events such as the Arctic blast, said Rick Holland, the chief information security officer at cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows Ltd., which operates its U.S. intelligence operations facility from Plano.

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