Since 2001, a series of manmade and natural disasters - from 911 in New York to the tsunami in Indonesia to Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf - has focused the minds of executives on the need to invest in business continuity. A business issue once given more lip service than serious consideration has now become a priority.
Over the same period, the spread of the Internet and intranet into every corner of business operations has made wide area networks (WANs) among the critical assets of the enterprise most in need of protection.
There is a certain irony in this, because one of the leading business continuity risks identified by managers all around the world is their reliance on paper records. Paper is vulnerable. It can be burned, torn or stained. Water damage can render it worthless. The obvious solution is to digitize the information on those documents - in other words, to avoid creating the paper in the first place or to turn it into a digital image accessible over the network. The irony is that by solving one business continuity risk, companies are increasing the risk of business disruption from downtime on the network.
This industry briefing by End II End Communications explores the business drivers that need to be considered in decisions about business continuity for the enterprise WAN, as well as continuity options, technology and economic trade-offs.