Lessons of Hurricane Sandy

We hope all of our readers are safe. Hurricane Sandy has reminded IT professionals what happens when a business places all of it’s technology and staff in a single location. Many online sites, Huffington Post, Gawker and BuzzFeed were down due to the storm. The online firm that has been most effect might be Viggle. It is a online application for earning gift cards by watching TV, with over 500,000 active users according to SEC filings. The firm is located in New York City and evidently has all of its technology infrastructure in the same location as the firm’s app wasn’t allowing people to log in in to TV shows last night. I wonder how the management of a firm with that many users would allow IT infrastructure in a single vulnerable site? I am sure Sandy has taught Viggle, and others, to distribute their technology operations to multiple sites to not only ensure survivability, but to also enhance the user experience.