Posted by: mobilitycloud | May 3, 2011

Is Virtualization Part of BCP/DR?

With the 2011 Hurricane Season right around the corner and just last week one of the worst tornado-related disasters in our recent memory, companies should now be reviewing their Business Continuity Plans in case they experience a disaster, which does not have to be weather related. Part of your BCP Plan should include Virtualizing your infrastructure so that your users can be responsive and productive regardless of the circumstance. Again this does not have to be related to a major disaster but a well thought out plan to allow your users to be able to work anywhere would be considered a practical decision as Cloud Computing continues to evolve for all types of businesses.

April 27 Tornado Storm Now the Second
Deadest Single Tornado Storm Day on Record…Bodies Still Being Found…Hundreds
Remain Missing

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 05:19 AM PDT

This morning
(Saturday April 30), the Wednesday disaster that swept through six southern
states and has killed 342 people so far.

According to the Alabama Emergency
Management Agency, at least 45 people people died during the storms in
Tuscaloosa County, more than in any of the other five southern states that
recorded deaths from Wednesday’s violent weather. Hundreds are unaccounted for
in Tuscaloosa alone, though not all have been officially reported missing.

By early Saturday morning, emergency management officials tallied:

  • § 254 deaths in Alabama
  • § 34 in Tennessee
  • § 33 in Mississippi
  • § 15 in Georgia
  • § 5 in Virginia
  • § 1 in Arkansas

And beyond the human toll, there is a very large economic one. The storms also caused between $2
billion and $5 billion in insured losses across the region, according Eqecat. Eqecat provides state-of-the-art catastrophe risk models, software, data products and consulting for insurance and re/insurance industries.

Since 1680, there has been only one other date in U.S. history on which more people died during a severe weather
outbreak. On March 18, 1925, a severe storm system swept across seven states killing 747 people, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather officials say the reason why so many perished was due to the size and path of the tornadoes. Meteorologists
use the “Enhanced Fujita Scale” to rate the severity of tornadoes.  The lowest ranking, EF-0, applies to twisters with recorded 3-second wind gusts of between 65 mph and 85 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The
highest, an EF-5, is assigned to tornadoes with speeds of over 200 mph The weather service has so far recorded 11 tornadoes with EF-3 ratings or higher that struck central and north Alabama on Wednesday. Some of the twisters were
three-quarters of a mile wide and traveled dozens of miles, experts said. An EF-4 touched down in Hackleburg, killing 29 people in the town of nearly 1,600 residents.

President Obama declared a major disaster in Alabama on Thursday night, an action that makes federal financing
available for individuals, businesses and state and local governments. The White House announced on Friday afternoon that five cabinet members, including the secretaries of agriculture, housing and homeland security, would be
traveling to Alabama and Mississippi on Sunday.

Utilities have been hard hit making recovery efforts even more challenging.

The tornado damaged two water tanks in Tuscaloosa, necessitating a boil-water advisory in much of the city —
including parts of it that do not have electricity. The emergency operations centers in three of the affected counties have no power; in two of those there is no telephone service either. The countywide 911 system in Walker County is
also down, according to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. About 1,000 workers were trying to restore electricity to nearly 260,000 customers of Alabama Power.

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s electricity production system, which sells to seven states, lost more than 200
towers and other structures to the storm and left nearly 700,000 customers without power across several states. By the afternoon, power was again running through high-voltage lines that stretch across 21 of the damaged towers, but
561,000 customers were still without electricity. It will likely not be restored until next week, and the company is facing weeks of work and millions in repair costs.

Want to help?  Donate to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army or other national recovery groups
working in the area.


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