Sunday, February 21, 2010

The IT industry and Haiti- Plus a reminder of Katrina and disaster recovery

In the wake of the disaster in Haiti, one thing we are reminded of is the growing importance for Information Technology in disaster response. As our communication and data systems become ever increasingly digitized and interconnected, when a disaster strikes the need to bring these systems back online just to provide basic services or in some cases to facilitate rescue efforts do and will require more sophisticated IT resources. In a small but feel good example check out what IT volunteers have done in Haiti. As with all disasters, it presents businesses with an opportunity (or catalyst) to re-examine their disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Dusting off the archives a bit, check out this article from Wired magazine detailing the harrowing efforts of one man as he kept IT connectivity going in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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