Anittel Brisbane, evacuated by floods

Anittel Brisbane, evacuated by floods

Rising water threatens more businesses

Anittel’s Brisbane office has been evacuated as the floods continue to threaten IT businesses and their customers.

The Anittel office is a two story, Newstead location, that was evacuated along with the other buildings in the area. CEO, Ilkka Tales, said the staff had attempted to move as much as possible to the second floor.

“The river has come up pretty quickly,” Tales said. “We’re not too sure yet whether the building will be flooded, but police have evacuated us as a precautionary measure.”

Fellow Queensland integrator, D2K, has also been impacted on heavily by the floods.

Managing director, Matthew Drane, said the Rockhampton business had been affected the strongest, with some customers losing their entire building.

“I couldn’t even see the roof of the building on one of our oldest clients,” Drane said. “Another one of our current clients, a large farming provider, has the whole office go underwater.”

The long term impact on the D2K business will be significant, Drane added.

“As much as we preach disaster recovery, one thing we’ve learned from this experience is the impact this kind of thing can have on the broader economy.

“The problem is that many of these areas have been declared a natural disaster zone, so unless you have flood insurance, which is very expensive, the cost of this disaster will be significant.”

As a consequence, long-term, Drane said he expects the disaster to open up a new wave of hosted services (such as cloud computing) and businesses recover and look for ways to replace infrastructure lost.

More to follow.

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