As a nation we’ve been fixated over the last few weeks on hurricanes and other natural disasters. For those of us at a distance it seems like an overwhelming human crisis. For those caught up in the center of it, there’s no doubt that it is. But it’s also a business crisis.
In 2017 Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas while Hurricane Irma made landfall along the eastern gulf coast. According to GeekWire, major cloud providers like IBM have data centers in the impacted area. Internet backbone company Level 3 also is home to a facility there. Then there are some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. There are data center operators, like Equinix (also with three facilities in the Miami area) and Data Foundry, co-location providers, and, of course, any other kind of business you can imagine in a large metropolitan area—from healthcare organizations to financial institutions to manufacturers.
As a nation we’ve been fixated over the last few weeks on hurricanes and other natural disasters. For those of us at a...