Nemo Blizzard Snow Storm: MSPs Face 650,000 Power Outages

Nemo, the powerful blizzard/Nor'easter snow storm, has triggered power outages for 500,000 650,000 homes and businesses across New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the broader New England region. For managed services providers (MSPs) and their customers, getting businesses re-started on Monday, Feb. 11 could be a tall order.

Even before the storm arrived, top MSPs like Jenaly and Webistix sent alerts and safety reminders to customers. The big concern involved wind, which can trigger widespread power loss. As of 1:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, USA Today estimated that half-a-million homes and businesses had lost power. (UPDATED: 650,000 outages as of 10:30am ET Feb. 9.)

The storm's weekend timing could buy utilities, MSPs and customers some time before most businesses need to resume operations on Monday. But for traditional resellers that do on site break-fix work, traditional truck rolls will be nearly impossible at least until Sunday, February 10.

But here on Long Island, where about 11,000 homes and businesses have lost power, the recent memory of Superstorm Sandy has some folks worried the power won't be coming back on for a few days.

In my home town on Long Island, total snow accumulations will likely exceed one foot. In Rhode Island, where our sales team member Debbie Kane lives, totals will likely be two to three feet. The forecast is similar for Boston, where MSPmentor co-founder Amy Katz calls home. Also caught in the storm belt are our Contributing Managing Editors Jessica Davis and Charlene O'Hanlon, and Associate Editor CJ Arlotta.

Also caught in the storm belt: MSP-centric software and technology companies like CA Technologies (owner of Nimsoft), Continuum Managed ServicesDatto, Intronis, and LogMeIn, just to name a few.

We'll be checking in with sources to see how everyone is weathering the storm, which is expected to continue through mid- to late-Saturday across New York and New England.

Got a story to share about the storm? Reader comments are always welcome or drop me an email: Joe [at] NineLivesMediaInc [dot] com.


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