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December 2012/January 2013, Vol. 18

Disaster recovery in the cloud takes on new significance post-Sandy

We’ve all seen a lot of photos of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, but one shot by a friend of mine in New York looked particularly uncommon. It shows cars getting gas right from the tanker trucks, rather than using the Hess station as a temporary pass-through point for the fuel. Police were organizing the situation to make sure the queue stayed orderly. Just as the world was mystified at the unpreparedness of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we are equally dumbfounded by what has been going on—and how long it will take to get things back to normal—in the largest city and metro area in the U.S. This begs the question of what is normal in an era when natural disasters are not a matter of if, but when. No one can ever be fully prepared for disaster, which is why being over-prepared is the best strategy for businesses, the government and the people. The question I had when watching videos of long gas lines (other than realizing I was old enough to remember gas lines during the 1973 shortage) was why so many people ...

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