Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Cloud Computing

Businesses that are already using the cloud will have a significant head start on their recovery process, with some of them able continue operations unimpeded.
By: Mitch Jones
 
 
March 14, 2011 - PRLog -- On Friday March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that also triggered a tsunami, sending flood waters across wide areas of their coastal region.  It's too early to measure the cost of the total damages to the local infrastructure, but some early reports already expect this to be one of the most expensive natural disasters in history, with losses expected to be well into the billions of dollars.  On February 22, 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand experienced a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, now cited as their greatest natural disaster in over eighty years.  The physical damages to this earthquake appear to have been more localized than the one in Japan, but the costs were still estimated to be in the billions.

In both of these catastrophes, many local businesses were almost certain to have realized damages to their physical locations and equipment, but those losses may be claimable against casualty insurance.  The unanswered questions for these businesses will be how and when they can return to work, and is their business still viable moving ahead.

Initial news out of Japan say that the majority of data centers are still fully operational after the earthquake, preserving the cloud services for users that are still able to access their networks.  Research reports out of New Zealand indicate that a great many Kiwis already rely on Cloud Computing as a means of preserving their business data and networks, enabling their ability to return to work much sooner when these events are encountered.  A recent study by Microsoft found that New Zealand is the most cloud savvy country in the Asia Pacific region, with 81 percent of Kiwi companies viewing cloud computing as a priority.

"These unfortunate events will always have devastating effects on many of the businesses in the disaster areas, and unfortunately some of them will not be able to survive.  The businesses that are already using the cloud will have a significant head start on their recovery process, with some of them able to continue operations unimpeded " said Christopher Stark, President and CEO of CETROM.

Mitch Jones, Director of Business Development of CETROM, said "While it may be hard to think about business continuity with all of the personal tragedies that accompany these disasters, the argument can easily be made that preservation of the global economy is best protected by getting businesses to embrace some level of cloud computing services."

CETROM Information Technology, Inc. is an industry leading Application Services Provider (ASP), delivering a full spectrum of “Cloud Computing” solutions with their hosted technology services platform, ideally suited for Small and Medium Businesses (SMB), Associations and Non-Profits.  Cetrom offers “Software as a Service” (SaaS) for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office, and other popular software programs.  In addition, they deliver scalable Managed Services options such as Network Monitoring, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Remote Data Back-Up.  As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, they have been recognized for their depth of industry knowledge, technical expertise and superior customer service ranking.  Cetrom stands behind all their services with 24x7x365 Help Desk Support, 99.9% uptime guarantee.

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Cetrom Information Technology , a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, is a pioneer leader SaaS (Software as a Service) provider and ASP (Application Service Provider) provider, delivering custom IT hosting solutions for small and medium businesses.
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