One of the interesting potential applications for mobile data centers is disaster response: the ability to quickly deploy computing and communications infrastructure to assist local officials and relief workers in major disasters. This is one of the uses that has been advanced for container data centers. It turns out that Cisco (CSCO) developed several mobile data centers in the wake of hurricane Katrina, one of which saw action during the Southern California wildfires last fall.
In this video, Cisco's Bob Browning provides a tour of Cisco's Network Emergency Response Vehicle (NERV) and talks about how the NERV was used in the Harris Fire.
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