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Best Practices for IT Organizations in Response to the ‘Rolling Blackouts’

by Roberta J. Witty  |  May 18, 2011  |  Comments Off on Best Practices for IT Organizations in Response to the ‘Rolling Blackouts’

The rolling blackouts designed to conserve electricity following the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan continue to present serious challenges for enterprises. Gartner’s best practices can help IT organizations protect their infrastructures and support their workforces.

Key Findings

  • The earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku district in March, and the power plant failures and other infrastructure problems that followed, continue to disrupt communications, transportation and other infrastructure.
  • The Japanese government and Tepco have implemented a plan for rolling electrical blackouts across Tepco’s coverage area, designed to reduce power usage and avoid total power failures.
  • These blackouts present serious challenges for Japanese enterprises, particularly in maintaining the operational integrity of their data centers and offering alternative system access to remote workers.

Tepco has said it will not carry out its planned rolling blackouts this summer, but electrical supply continues to present challenges for Japanese enterprises. Gartner has developed a set of best   practices for various scenarios and affected parties for IT organizations in Japan and worldwide. The appropriate response to the rolling blackout depends heavily on whether or not the enterprise’s data center has its own dedicated backup power generator.

Read more about the best practices – if you are an organization impacted by the earthquake/tsunami or not – in the full report by my colleagues  Masahiko Ishibashi, Eiichi Matsubara, Nagayoshi Nakano and Katsuo Hori.  Being a Gartner customer may be required.

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Roberta J. Witty
Research VP
11 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Roberta Witty is a research VP in Gartner Research, where she is part of the Compliance, Risk and Leadership group. Her primary area of focus is business continuity management and disaster recovery. Ms. Witty is the role specialty lead for… Read Full Bio




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