|The Fukushima nuclear power plant|
Hiroshi Sakai from NTT described how as a result of the earthquake in Japan, the Fukushima nuclear power plant has been damaged leading to a serious power shortage and rolling blackouts in the Tokyo area. NTT are now unable to keep their private cloud, based in Tokyo, open continuously; it needs to be shut down every day. While NTT also has servers in the unaffected Kyoto area they can’t move their workloads from one location to another as they use different operating systems etc.
Unfortunately the events in Japan have showed that interoperability is more important than ever especially in disaster situations and it’s something everyone here is trying hard to work towards.