A tech whiteout occurs when your office experiences or you experience a complete meltdown of the technology you rely on to run your enterprise or life.
“All we did was call in one of our techies and the next thing you know we had a total tech whiteout in our office: our entire network crashed, our VoIP phones wouldn’t work, in fact, you couldn’t even log on to your own local workstation since even that is controlled by the network. These days the Internet is so in-grained into our work flow for: data storage, social networking, running our websites, operating our phones, running applications, communicating with our clients, etc., that when our network isn’t working, we might as well send everyone home. The only thing that was working was the one old analog phone line we keep around for our fax machine.”
by Prof Bruce April 03, 2010