Japanese Data Centers in the Aftermath of the Major Quake in March

Japan Data Center Council (JDCC) is a consortium of data center operators in Japan. They recently added English pages to their web site. Their membership roster is a Who’s Who of more than 100 companies in segments like IT, electronics, and construction. The membership list is here.


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At the upcoming DatacenterDynamics conference on June 30 in San Francisco, a rep from JDCC and I will give a talk on Japanese data centers in the aftermath of the major quake in March. Although many data centers in Japan are concentrated in the Tokyo metropolitan area (some 60%), and few suffered direct damage from the quake, the JDCC surveyed the damage and collected noteworthy pictures and statistics.

The presentation agenda is shown here.

  • Disaster Overview
  • Earthquake
  • Tsunami
  • Nuclear Power Plants Trouble
  • Liquidation
  • Indirect Effects of Earthquake
  • Electric Power Shortage
  • Temporary Shortage of Various Products
  • Temporary Economic Activity Stagnation
  • What Really Happened to Japanese Data Center Industry
  • Timeline from March
  • Reported Damages
  • Sudden Need for DC as BCP/DRP Reinforcement
  • Countermeasures for Electric Power Shortage
  • What’s Next?
  • Electric Power Saving Order from Government in Effect
  • Possibility of Long-Term Power Shortage
  • Redesigning of BCP/DRP
  • Lessons Learned
  • Communication Difficulties: Tools That Worked and Tools That Didn’t
  • Transportation: Human and Goods
  • Rumors: Power of SNS
  • Plan for Unexpected Events
  • Future JDCC Action/Q&A

I think we will disseminate invaluable information to data center operators and parishioners. Come and join us at 11:05 a.m. on June 30 at the San Francisco DatacenterDyamics conference.

Zen Kishimoto

About Zen Kishimoto

Seasoned research and technology executive with various functional expertise, including roles in analyst, writer, CTO, VP Engineering, general management, sales, and marketing in diverse high-tech and cleantech industry segments, including software, mobile embedded systems, Web technologies, and networking. Current focus and expertise are in the area of the IT application to energy, such as smart grid, green IT, building/data center energy efficiency, and cloud computing.

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