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Wednesday October 22, 2014

NY Cloud-Based Companies Avoided #Sandy Problems

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Despite Hurricane Sandy’s widespread devastation of technology companies and their infrastructure, some have avoided problems. Employees of cloud-based companies are working remotely from hotels, residences and coffee shops, all in areas of the city and suburbs that were largely untouched by the storm. Their data and software are all located in the so-called cloud, which has servers as far away as Europe.

Matt Minoff is CEO of Selectable Media, a video ad tech company that decided to move all of its infrastructure to Amazon‘s cloud service in northern Virginia last year. Minoff said, “Our entire company is cloud-based. All of our systems are up and available [to us] and to our clients via a Web browser.” Minoff has been working at his grandmother’s house in Brooklyn since the company lost power at their offices in Manhattan. For employees in lower Manhattan, Westchester, Long Island, and New Jersey, getting Internet has been difficult, and some companies that use cloud services or house their own equipment at Manhattan-based data centers haven’t been lucky. But sites with remote support have had few issues. SumAll, a SoHo-based company that collects and analyzes Internet data for small businesses, has been lucky enough to have most of their employees working from home. CEO Dane Atkinson said he’s seen little issues in his business. He said, “The majority of tools and most of our code are in the cloud, and our engineers are definitely able to work on projects.”

Additionally, NY-based ShopKeep, a cloud-based company that provides point-of-sale services to small businesses, also uses Amazon’s Virginia data center. Founder and CEO Jason Richelson said the business has not experienced any major disruptions other than problems with answering the phone–which service is also located in Virginia. SoHo-based CB Insights had record sign-ups for its venture research service due to having its cloud service in Texas. News sites like Gawker, The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed weren’t as lucky since they had their equipment stored in places susceptible to flooding and other complications.
Crain’s NY Business