On November 15th and 16th, GridEx, a biennial event, will be taking place. Representatives from the North American utility industry, as well as various regional and federal agencies, will take part in simulated emergencies to test their response plans. This year, three separate drills will be put forth to test each organization’s response plans, see
The structure of crisis response is often the same for any given type of situation. Our past experiences with system outages and security breaches in the Information Technology sector, and our current experiences with natural disasters and events like Hurricane Sandy, have proven this. While responders in different fields and industries use tools specifically designed for
Last week we published a post about Atlanta’s response to the 2-inch snowstorm that hit the area on January 28, 2014. Here we are two weeks later, staring in the face of a much bigger storm that the National Weather Service is predicting will be of “historic proportions“. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia has quite a bit
Deciding whether a natural disaster is attributable to human activity is sometimes a controversial and contentious issue. But there are some incidents that FEMA has recorded through its declaration database that are clear-cut. After looking through the data, we found that 44 of 3567 FEMA declarations since 1953 are the results of the acts of
Comedians, commentators, and politicians are having a field day with the problems at healthcare.gov. As software developers and computer operations experts, part of us is just not laughing. We have spent years in high-volume web software and the jokes and blogs about outages and errors do not make us laugh as hard as everyone else.
With the Twitter IPO in the news, it is timely to see how a great site like Twitter manages to stay up so well. For many years Twitter had quite a poor reputation for reliability. After a doozy of an outage in July last year, Christina Warren wrote in Mashable (June 21, 2012), “The uptime
These days, network and system outages are mainstream news headlines. When IT infrastructures go down, so do all the sites and applications that depend on them, and a ripple of annoyance turns into frustration, disgruntlement and lost productivity. Meanwhile, engineers, PR officials, and service providers all scramble to contain the damage and fix the problem