Update: Japan Still In The Cloud

Matthew Weinberger

March 18, 2011

2 Min Read
Update: Japan Still In The Cloud

We promised TalkinCloud would be back with an update on how the cloud computing market in Japan was dealing with the aftermath of the terrible earthquake, tsunami and potential nuclear crisis. Needless to say, the nuclear power plant issues are ongoing. But if there’s one meek ray of sunshine to all this human tragedy, it’s that Japan’s cloud infrastructure seems largely unaffected by the ongoing catastrophe. I reached out to a few cloud service providers doing business in the region for the details.

Here’s the update from each of them:

  • Cloud.com, developers of the CloudStack private and public cloud platform, had a personal stake in the events in Japan according to a company representative – CEO Sheng Liang happened to leave the country on the day of the quake. Afterwards, Cloud.com checked in with all their partners and customers in the region and got the all-clear. Business, they say, hasn’t been affected at all.

  • RightScale, which develops and sells their namesake cloud management solution by way of a recently-opened Tokyo branch office, is also reporting no problems.

  • Amazon Web Services is reporting that while their service is up in the Asia Pacific/Tokyo region, scheduled blackouts for repairs on the part of Tokyo Electric may result in service interruptions. That said, AWS also says that they’re ramping up emergency back-up power efforts.

  • Cloud management provider Abiquo, which also does business in Japan, respectfully declined TalkinCloud’s request for comment. But we’re going to assume that in the absence of evidence to the contrary, no news is good news.

From a consumer standpoint, The VAR Guy reports that Apple Stores in Japan were being used as safe havens in the aftermath of the earthquake. And the Talkin’ Cloud Stock Index only showed a minor decline following last week’s earthquake, though shares have continued to fall for most of this week. (We’ll update the index again after markets U.S. close today, March 18).

But while IT and cloud services weren’t affected as badly as they could have been, repair and rescue efforts in Japan remain ongoing. And TalkinCloud invites you to explore various relief and aid efforts.

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