It seems that cloud computing providers in Japan have not had services interrupted in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake. Matthew Weinberger of TalkinCloud
reports of having contacted a number of providers, all of whom continue to be up and running. He also writes:
But while IT and cloud services weren’t affected as badly as they could have been, repair and rescue efforts in Japan remain ongoing. And TalkinCloud invites you to explore various relief and aid efforts. www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html
Prompted by events in Japan, Charles Babcock
looks at a number of cloud related issues, including how "Some businesses are looking at the global reach of the Internet and cloud computing as a way to extend a new form of disaster assistance -- one business offering service to a company in an affected area as a way to help it keep its processes running.
" Babcock quotes David Vellente
, who says "The practice of a business offering a free service to another in an area hit by natural disaster could become a new form of international aid." We also learn from Babcock that "Telehouse America, a supplier of managed IT services in the United States and Japan, says its 21 data centers in Japan, including its Sendai facility in the tsunami affected area, are all operational
". It's a timely article ... recommended.
Cloud Becoming A Major Disaster Recovery Strategy
Charles Babcock | 18 March 2011
Update: Japan Still In The Cloud
Matthew Weinberger | 18 March 2011