Q

Open standards and open source in natural disasters

Would the communications situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina been less drastic if telecommunications and Internet access was based on an open standard and open source software?

Unfortunately, I don't think this is really the case. I think the communications situation was less an IT problem

and more an issue with the intensity of the disaster itself. I'm not sure if, in all honesty, anything that we could have done from an open systems side would have made anything run more smoothly.

"The disaster showed us how little we are protected, despite all the talk about advances in business continuity and disaster recovery technologies. I think the issues in New Orleans were more due to the lack of tested and in-production redundancies, whether the technology be open source or not. After all, Internet access in many ways is already based on open software and standards.

To hear another expert's opinion on this question, click here.

This was first published in October 2005

Dig deeper on Open source databases

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

SearchDataCenter

SearchServerVirtualization

SearchCloudComputing

SearchEnterpriseDesktop

Close