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Cable Manufacturer Recovers From Fire in Unique Way

Written by  Bud Stoddard November 22, 2007

It was 6 p.m. on a Wednesday in March when Draka USA in Franklin, Mass. – the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of wire and cable solutions for industrial, commercial, military, and defense use – learned their Pennsylvania manufacturing facility had caught fire. A contractor who was doing repairs on the building had accidentally ignited the roof. Luckily, everyone got out of the building safely. However, the remaining smoke meant the staff couldn’t return to the office for several days. According to META Group Research, manufacturers stand to lose more than $1.6 million per hour of downtime, so avoiding such downtime was a top priority. Draka relocated several key employees to an office in Long Island, N.Y. Learning that the fire had ripped through their facility, destroying wiring that made the network useless, Trevor Gardner, Draka’s manager of enterprise operations, accessed the company’s data from his kitchen at home. Gardner used online backup

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