Japan Devastation: How the Cloud is Helping

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japan tsunami

Every time I turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper and the see the devastation that Japan is dealing with after its earthquake and tsunami, I can’t help but think of the role that the Cloud is playing as the people begin to recover.

Much of northeastern Japan remains without electricity, water and other basic services, and in Tokyo, rolling blackouts have been ordered so that the government can use energy to deal with the crises at the country’s nuclear power plants.

I read in an article today that confirms my thinking. Foreigners in and outside the country who are trying to keep up with the latest news are relying on the social networking service Twitter — particularly to keep up with news from NHK, Japan’s public broadcasting service.  Apparently Western reporter attending Japanese news conferences — most notably about the explosion and radiation leak at one of the country’s nuclear power plants — are tweeting the main points to their press offices, where the stories are then fully fleshed out.

One US executive quoted in the piece said that Japan’s cellular networks worked only for texting and tweeting, and that’s the way he’s been able to keep people back in America updated. “I’m thinking that 10 years ago this whole situation would have been totally different,” said the executive.

Oh, one other thought, the whole system of tsunami warnings fascinates me, as I think it’s the best defense employed to help people evacuate from affected areas. I know that the U.S. deploys them, too, in earthquake prone areas that are located on the coast, for example, in the Northwest U.S. and in Hawaii.

Not to trivialize what’s going on in Japan, but I couldn’t help see similarities between those notification systems and cloudware monitoring tools, such as instant notification when your website or cloud service provider is down via:

  • Live-Voice
  • Unlimited email
  • SMS (short messages)
  • IM (instant messengers, including ICQ, Google Talk)
  • Twitter
  • URL callback
  • Notification rules

Cloud-based technology like Monitis provides the surest, most reliable coverage and alert you of emerging problems.