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DWDM Technology Aids Disaster Recovery Efforts

Written by  Neil Grayson and Mark DiMaria

As society moves inexorably closer to the all-electronic age, the reliance on physical, in-person transactions will diminish and eventually be replaced by electronic transactions, smart cards, and other such services. Although this shift is significant to all information- and data-based institutions, it is particularly key to the banking and financial industries. These changes also increase the pressure on such companies to maintain the speed and integrity of networks. Institutions that face requirements of tracing transactions for an extended period have to deal with an enormous amount of data storage and daily transactions as well as electronic fraud tracking/prevention and delivery of service. Irrespective of conditions, like hurricanes, tornadoes, or flooding, network messages must be delivered, as customers will always expect to continue transactions without interruption. Rarely is there an interest in whether or not the PTT or telephone company just lost a trunk. A customer discovering that an automated teller