If you read things hereabouts then you will no doubt find this interesting. I certainly did.
As you likely heard on April 27th Northern Alabama suffered a spate of violent storms, including a number of large tornados. Many thousands of people were impacted, including long term loss of power and network connectivity. Digium was amongst the many, many businesses impacted by the events of the day.
I must commend Danny Windam, CEO of Digium, for making excellent use of the corporate blog to keep the Asterisk community informed about the companies operational status. Some time having elapsed since the unfortunate events of that day Digium has since returned to normal operations.
OK, so maybe I consider myself a Telecom Junky these days. I’ve been listening to these podcasts from The Voice Report for a while. They’re mostly aimed at enterprise concerns beyond SOHO scale but the most recent one on disaster recovery is very interesting.
They include on the call the telecom manager from the New Orleans airport speaking about disaster recovery and planning post hurricane Katrina. This is really interesting stuff. Even home office dwellers can take a lesson from the matters being discussed. Planning in advance is critical.
I feel a particular affinity towards New Orleans. Not only because it’s a great town and I also live in hurricane alley. But because WWL-TV are a customer and good friends of mine. They are the local TV station that stayed on-air through Katrina, even as they relocated to Baton Rouge. They’re a fine example of what local broadcasting is supposed to be about. Service to the public. They were positively heroic.