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

Written by  Fabio Campagna

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