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"It's the perfect time, while it's fresh in everyone's memory," he said. "Most office buildings don't have power to keep employees working after an outage. They can keep IT systems running. This could get many people looking more towards managed services and cloud computing, especially with so many people now accessing data on iPads, iPhones, and other devices."
Mike Kornblum, president and chief storage architect of MPAK Technology, a San Diego-based solution provider, said, "I am certain that organizations will be looking into UPS systems and generators."
For solution providers, like many others in the San Diego area, the power outage provided a variety of personal inconveniences sprinkled with a rare chance to relax in the late afternoon and early evening.
Kornblum that he has heard of no crazy issues from customers. Instead, it was for him a chance to enjoy a steak and lobster dinner and a round of golf after the power went out at a local casino where his company had installed a video surveillance infrastructure.
Shure said all one can do is make the best of a bad situation. "We used the radio from the survival kits I keep in the trunk of our cars," he said. I had some battery lanterns that were great. Our inside gas stove didn't work, but our outside grill that uses natural gas worked."
Baldwin said his normal 25-minute drive from the office to home took him 2.5 hours, because the traffic signals were without power. Just the one mile from his office to the freeway took 45 minutes, he said.
"But we had candles, batteries in the flashlights, and food in the refrigerator," he said. "When I got home, I saw groups of people sitting outside on their nice chairs with their wine glasses. Nearly all the businesses were out of power, but the liquor store and wine store were open."