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Without The Wires: Establishing Business Continuity With Your Local Telecom Infrastructure

Written by  Fabio Campagna Thursday, 22 November 2007 00:17

On Sept. 10, 2001, contingency planning, business continuity processes, and disaster recovery procedures were, in one way, shape, or form a part of many companies’ overall business strategy. On Sept. 11, 2001, those plans, processes, and procedures reached a level of priority and urgency never seen before. As the life-blood of most firms, maintaining connectivity to telecommunications infrastructure is as critical and essential to staying in business as maintaining electricity to their building(s). Because of the events of 9-11, what was once considered an acceptable level of network diversity is now being seriously reviewed. What was once considered to be a redundant platform is now seen as only partially redundant. And what was once considered survivable and self-healing is now exposed and limited as single points of failure. What was once considered sufficient protection from a plethora of natural disasters (flood, fire, hurricane, etc.) is no longer considered by many an acceptable