Some things have changed since the earlier flu scares. It is easier today for support staff and developers to work from home, and IT organizations are turning to cloud services "as a force multiplier in an emergency." But there's no certainty those services won't be impacted, he said.
"If enough of those men and women get sick, or worse, the cloud will suffer mightily," said McPherson.
A major part of the impact from Ebola, in human and economic terms, is coming from the ripple effects. Sierra Leone and Liberia may have zero growth next year, and "these countries just can't afford it all," said Schroeder.