Cloud Sites In The Eye Of Super Storm Sandy Hanging By A Moment

Cloud Sites in the eye of Super Storm Sandy Hanging by a Moment

Super storm Sandy is the old man of the sea wrecking havoc everywhere, from data centers to homes. However, it seems like the American spirit is not yet doused by the news as disaster recovery is underway. According to Fox News, a woman told the New York governor that she had lost all her effects and even then, those around were reiterating to return and start from scratch. Echoing these views were site managers and colocation service providers, who as it is now, are hanging by a moment trying to generate power, in-house, after electricity went off the grid.

Some of the disaster recovery efforts center entirely on the sites that had no cloud backup for their operations. The biggest search engine in the world, Google, is now offering rations in the sector for all those who want to use its cloud service without any charges for provisioning, as for now. Some sites like Huffington Post had their basements full to the neck, in 5ft of deluge that visited their NYC facilities yesterday.

The real picture of the cloud as a remote backup place for files and documents is getting clearer now in the wake of Sandy.

According to a marketing agent with a software company, it were time entrepreneurs came to know that data is not in the machines that are easy to go away with the water, but the backup that is in store faraway in some cloud.

Even as disaster recovery comes into the context, there have been evacuation efforts in datacenters that foresaw the effect. Here are some of the cloud providers who sent alarms to their clients before the storm:

October 29: The Sandy Map from Google came out providing data providers and sites with a way to know the progress and routes of the hurricane using visual accounts, news and mapping details.

October 30: Just one day before Super Storm Sandy reached its full strength, Nirvanix asked its clients to remove their information racks from its New Jersey facility that was in the path of the storm.

October 30: SiSense, an Israeli start-up unveiled its new analytical infrastructure product that can evaluate the best place to keep data machines, far away from weather catastrophes. Though it is not a guarantee that accidents like fire won’t happen, such a product can help to tell exactly what may happen in an area depending on meteorological intelligence.

Even as more than 55 people-the actual figure varies-lost their lives to the storm in the United States, recovery efforts are still going on. Some of these are quite helpful to cloud computing providers including that by Gartner, the tech research firm. The site is providing a range of news that can help people analyze how to handle the aftermath of Sandy. Writers are tackling issues, ranging from business hazards to lack of electric current.

It is easy to say that the apocalyptic effects of Hurricane Sandy, both upon landfall early Tuesday and before that on the major Internet undersea cables have taught a lesson to data providers. They will no longer stand and stare while waters surge into their very basements, unstoppably, like a pistol shot.

By John Omwamba

About John

John posses over five years experience in professional writing; with special interests in business, technology and general media. Driven by passion and 'glowing' enthusiasm, he has covered topics cutting across diverse industries with key target audiences including corporates, marketing executives, researchers and global business leaders. John currently freelances for CloudTweaks as a frequent writer.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comics
How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart  Breaches Formal verification is not a new concept. In a nutshell, the process uses sophisticated math to prove or disprove whether a system achieves its desired functional specifications. It is employed by organizations that build products that absolutely cannot fail. One of the reasons NASA rovers are still roaming Mars…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

The 80-20 Rule For Security Practitioners  Everyday we learn about yet another egregious data security breach, exposure of customer data or misuse of data. It begs the question why in this 21st century, as a security industry we cannot seem to secure our most valuable data assets when technology has surpassed our expectations in other regards.…

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does cloud security risks ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that, and…

Through the Looking Glass: 2017 Tech and Security Industry Predictions

Through the Looking Glass: 2017 Tech and Security Industry Predictions

2017 Tech and Security Industry Predictions As we close out 2016, which didn’t start off very well for tech IPOs, momentum and performance has increased in the second half, and I believe that will continue well into 2017. M&A activity will also increase as many of the incumbents will realize that they need to inject…

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

The Legal Battle For Privacy In early June 2013, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world when he leaked information about the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. It was a dramatic story. Snowden flew to Hong Kong and then Russia to avoid deportation to the US,…

Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment? Find Out

Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment? Find Out

ERP Deployment You know how ERP deployment can improve processes within your supply chain, and the things to keep in mind when implementing an ERP system. But do you know if cloud-based or on-premise ERP deployment is better for your company or industry? While cloud computing is becoming more and more popular, it is worth…

Cyber Criminals Are Business People Too

Cyber Criminals Are Business People Too

Cyber Crime Business You’re on the morning train on the way to work and take a look at the guy next to you. He’s clean-cut, wearing a crisp suit and holding a leather briefcase just like dozens of others. Just another worker headed to the office, right?. Yes, but not in the way you think…

The Importance of Cloud Backups: Guarding Your Data Against Hackers

The Importance of Cloud Backups: Guarding Your Data Against Hackers

The Importance of Cloud Backups Cloud platforms have become a necessary part of modern business with the benefits far outweighing the risks. However, the risks are real and account for billions of dollars in losses across the globe per year. If you’ve been hacked, you’re not alone. Here are some other companies in the past…