An education in disaster
recovery"> Kevin, there has been a lot of interesting discussion about the response of higher education to the Katrina disaster, in terms of the speed and flexibility that schools have shown in developing arrangements for the students of affected schools. Have you been privy to any discussions about how to respond to such a situation? Baradet: I just saw eight students from Tulane University meander down the hall past my office. I think weve taken in a couple of faculty and Ph.D. students as well.Baradet: Were used to 300 or 400 people showing up within a day or two at the beginning of the semester and having to run them through the system. So eight is nothing. Over two weeks ago, there were some guys running a network operations center in New Orleans who stayed through it all. They stayed up and stayed on and had a blog and a Web cam and an IRC [Internet Relay Chat] channel open. I watched that for a good part of the weekend. It was pretty interesting. They were fairly well-prepared, but there were a whole bunch of things that they really didnt think about. They had a huge generator, but [it] was on the ninth floor of the parking structure, and they had to roll 55-gallon drums of diesel fuel through the parking ramp to fuel the generator. The other thing they didnt think about was a place to sleep, so they were sleeping on server boxes. After a couple of days, they realized they didnt have any clean clothes, and they were also wishing for some chemical toilets. Food and water wasnt the problemit was the other things. Next Page: No news is bad news.
Has there been any impact on your network as of this time, in terms of new people showing up and having to be rapidly assimilated?