Flooding from a massive storm on the eastern coast of the US has knocked out power to datacentres powering a number of online portals and sites.
Access to sites, including prominent news portals Gawker and Huffington Post, was knocked offline or slowed at various points on Tuesday as administrators moved to redirect traffic to back-up servers and sites.
The disruptions were blamed on damage caused at datacentre installations in New York and other major cities on the east coast. Flooding blamed on Superstorm Sandy has caused extensive damage throughout the New York, New Jersey and New England regions.
Other sites and services appear to have ridden out the storm without any significant damage or outages. As of Tuesday evening, Amazon Web Services is reporting normal availability on its facilities in Northern Virginia.
Officials have reported severe damage to utilities and infrastructure through much of the East Coast due to flooding from the storm. Authorities in New York have estimated that power to parts of the city and surrounding regions could be disrupted for up to 10 days.
New York is planning to open its financial markets Wednesday morning with other vital services to go back online shortly thereafter.
For firms who have been impacted by the storm, industry analysts are recommending that firms begin with basic data recovery services, including establishing a response team, contacting local authorities and working to get lines of communication and collaboration set up with end users.
Forrester analyst Stephanie Balaouras recommended that firms implement a checklist of procedures to take as part of their disaster recovery efforts.
"If you are a small and medium enterprise and, like many of your peers, you didn’t have an alternate workforce site, robust work-from-home employee capabilities, an automated notification system or a recovery datacentre, what do you do now?" the analyst said in a blog post.
"While it’s too late to implement many measures to improve resiliency, there are several things you can do now [on the checklist linked to above] to help your organisation return to normal operations ASAP."
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