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Disaster data center

Microsoft's OneResponse portal

The disaster rack

Not much of a 'war room'

Claire Bonilla, director of Microsoft's disaster response effort, points out the small rack of servers and storage that Microsoft uses to coordinate its response to global disasters.

CNET recently got a peek at the rather ordinary Microsoft conference room, located in a ground-level building at company headquarters in Redmond, Wash., that serves as a war room during disasters.

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Microsoft's OneResponse portal, which helps aid groups coordinate efforts in a disaster, doesn't look like much, but that's the point. The SharePoint derivative is designed to work on even the poorest of Internet connections.
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A small collection of servers and storage sits in Microsoft's Building 25, ready at a moment's notice to serve as the collaboration portal for aid groups to coordinate disaster response.
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Microsoft coordinates its disaster efforts from a rather mundane conference room in Building 25, which also serves as home to many of Microsoft's collaborations with partners.
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