County of San Diego Chooses Azure for Emergency Management System

The County of San Diego provides health and justice services to all 3 million residents and municipal services to the county’s unincorporated areas. And it’s the second largest county in California, encompassing more than 4200 square miles.

In 2007, San Diego County was struck by a disastrous wildfire – and half a million people had to be evacuated. The crisis became a national news item, and CNN publicized the county’s emergency website as part of their coverage.

Flooded with a sudden spike in traffic, the website’s servers went down. But this problem affected a group far more important than the viewers of CNN: for days, the people of San Diego County were left without access to much needed information.

Resolving never to face this problem again, San Diego County looked for a solution. After exploring various options, they chose Windows Azure as the platform to host and manage their emergency management system. This cloud-based system has shown immediate payoffs.

Read about how the County of San Diego benefited from Windows Azure by reading the full case study here.

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