Cities Adopt Cloud-Based Approaches to Disaster Recovery ~Justine Brown @govtechnews

Posted on December 21, 2014 By

Before the Federal Flood of New Orleans 8-29-05 I did no Internet. Within 2 yrs afterwards I had a blog with about 700 hits/day, up to 1200 during storm and flooding events. In short, my thinking after such total devastation was to keep all vital information in the sky, way off the ground, quite literally in the clouds where the rising waters can’t get to it. Sounds simplistic, but then again I never thought I’d see an American city covered by Billions of gallons of water for over 30 days either! ~Bruce Biles

New York City and Asheville, N.C., have both adopted private clouds to provide disaster recovery services, with promising results.

Information technology downtime is a costly proposition. Based on industry surveys, it can cost an organization as much as $5,600 a minute, or well over $300,000 per hour in losses, according to IT research firm Gartner. But the costs and complexities of traditional approaches to disaster recovery can be expensive too, especially for smaller jurisdictions. As a result, some cities are leveraging the cloud to provide a cost-effective way to maintain services in the event of a local or regional emergency. Read more.

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