One forward-thinking prefecture in Japan is now running disaster preparedness software in a virtual ‘cloud’ (a group of servers running in a secure location, insulated from disasters).

“It would have cost a lot more to run our own servers and network, and if a disaster happened managing something like that would be very difficult, especially if the prefecture office was damaged,” said Keisuke Uchiyama, a Shizuoka official who works with the system.

The article, reposted from PC World, is an interesting read about the necessary shift that our public organizations will be making in coming months and years.

Quake-prone Japanese Area Runs Disaster System on Force.com | PCWorld Business Center.

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