In the months following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, businesses in southern Louisiana tried to get back to business as usual, but some of these businesses were gone for good. Financial records, customer information, investor reports, and other electronic data was completely lost if it was stored locally on hard drives or external flash drives. An important and very costly lesson was learned that year regarding the importance of data backup in the cloud.
Fortunately, this time around many companies did rely on the cloud as a data backup/disaster recovery solution. And, because of this, they were able to continue working off of Smartphones and laptops without a break in operations when Hurricane Sandy hit their offices. With time, companies in the Northeast that were affected by Hurricane Sandy will start to pick up the pieces and get back on their feet.