3 posts • joined 9 Apr 2009
I work for Urban Wimax who provide symmetrical business connections of up to 10mb over Microwave, completely separated from BT's infrastructure. Whilst I do feel sorry for businesses who have lost money due to this outage it really is time that resilient data connections are taken seriously, and not just seen as an extra cost to businesses. I think this proves the case very well that as soon as your phone line or internet connection leaves your building you really don't know where it goes or who has access to it.
In response to Paulie Gaulteri's question. If you're in London you may be in our coverage area, Urban Wimax provide symmetrical data connections up to 10mb, over microwave. We don't touch BT's network and hence get rid of the risk of a localised point of failure from roadworks or Exchange failure.
Multiple ISP's and multiple data connections don't always solve the problem of downtime. All the fixed wired providers out there usually end up in the same ducts or Exchanges anyway. Go wireless, have two truly diverse connections, one in the ground, one over the airwaves. Only way to get rid of local and common points of failure or at least not be impacted by them too much. At the end of the day most businesses have internet connections, why? To help them make money of course!
If the strategic decision makers don't realise the risks to their business they take, by putting all their eggs in one basket ,then they need to be educated on how to mitigate them. This type of article helps, a lot!