How did the cloud prevent #Sandy from getting worse?

As the hurricane raged over the US East Coast this week the world shivered at the thought of a possible disaster.

Sandy, the Frankenstorm, slowly withdrew leaving irreparable damage and chaos behind.

The citizens of the areas affected will definitely need considerable time (and money) to take everything back as it once was. However, in some aspects it could have been worse.

As Sandy came closer it cut the power supplies and caused a collapse of communication channels. Major datacentres located in the East Coast suffered considerable impacts and many web services were taken down.

This is why many wondered what would have happened if there wasn’t the cloud – this is the place where so much important data is, after all.

Cloud providers scatter user data across different datacentres and this is often considered to be a great disaster plan. Sandy was in a way a final test for …