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Business Continuity Lessons from Christchurch
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It didn't take Christchurch business owners long to work out how to keep their companies ticking over after a series of earthquakes hit the city. In March, two weeks after the most devastating earthquake, The Dominion Post reported small businesses in that city were thinking about moving to cloud computing.
I asked Loeffler if there was evidence of Christchurch companies moving from thinking about shifting to the cloud to taking action. He said while he can't quantify the numbers, he said IDC's New Zealand researchers have seen an increase in interest and discussion of cloud models in response to the earthquake. That's across the country not just in Christchurch.
Loeffler said the cloud is a logical consideration for companies that have lost their previous IT infrastructure. He said: ‘Infrastructure refresh cycles are often a trigger for cloud discussions and the devastating events in Christchurch forced many organisations in this kind of refresh situation. In addition companies see the benefits with regards to disaster recovery and business continuity after having experienced the impact and importance first hand.’
Closer to the action Enable Networks CEO Steve Fuller reports he has seen ‘a significant lift in demand as local businesses reassess their risk portfolio and adopt hosted IT.’ Enable Networks is the fibre broadband company chosen to partner the government in Christchurch, Rangiora and surrounding areas as it rolls out its nationwide NZ$1.5 billion ultra-fast broadband network.
Fuller said a: ‘Noticeable trend post-earthquake is that many businesses are moving their servers or backing up into data centres.’ He said the earthquake showed the value of cloud computing and smaller companies often have more to gain from the technology.
It's not surprising New Zealand businesses are looking more closely at the cloud. Immediately after the most serious Christchurch earthquake many companies had no access to their business premises. Those who had already moved to the cloud were able to work from home or from a temporary location which didn't need to be in Christchurch or even in New Zealand.
There's no question those smaller companies who were already using cloud computing managed to get back on their feet faster than those still locked in to owing their own physical IT infrastructure.