In a recent article on the Cloud Computing Journal, Vice President & General Manager of Cloud Services at NJVC Kevin Jackson discusses the cloud's capability to “fill in the gaps” of existing disaster response IT. The start of a more responsive future, he says, came out of the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the implementation of cloud computing as a technology for relief.
“The disaster proved the cloud's ability, efficiency and advantages in emergency response on a national basis,” Ben Katsumi, Chief Researcher, Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan, concluded in a presentation at CloudScape V.
Following the earthquake, Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture developed an emergency management system in the cloud, which goes live when disaster warnings are issued.
Jackson points out that once disaster strikes, awareness is now nearly instantaneous, and with the increase of global reach comes the need to increase global responsibility and capacity to react. The outline of cloud computing as a response tool makes this possible.