A year ago, Hurricane Sandy made landfall just south of New York City. The destructive impact of this superstorm affected wireline networks across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and changed the way communications service providers prepare for and deal with disasters and other potential causes of large-scale outages. But have providers like Verizon, tw telecom and others done enough to keep customers connected?
US Signal, a competitive provider serving various Midwest markets, has added a backup capability to its growing Cloud Hosting service portfolio. With its Virtual Machine (VM)-based backup service, US Signal can replicate virtual services daily and store them in a remote, geographically diverse data center that it owns and operates.
AT&T's latest business continuity study revealed that more business customers have developed a disaster recovery and business continuity plan that incorporates a mix of cloud and wireless services.
Birch Communications on Monday announced that it will waive service charges for its SMB and residential customers that were affected by damage from the recent storms and tornadoes in Mississippi.
As more traditional telecom service providers are moving to offer cloud utility services, CenturyLink has announced its move into that segment with its new AppGrid private cloud service from its savvisdirect unit, launched last year.
With many New York communities still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a coalition on Wednesday asked the state to mandate that telcos and utility companies have a sound plan in place to ensure that their critical systems are protected during storms and other environmental events.
Optical Communications Group (OCG) continued to step up its Hurricane Sandy assistance efforts by extending its fiber on Tuesday to 75 Broad Street in New York City to assist voice providers residing at the facility.
As the Northeast continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, critics have been quick to point out how vulnerable the communications infrastructure is to giant, unprecedented superstorms. Getting lost in the storm of "what-ifs," however, are the examples and data that showed how resilient and adaptive that infrastructure, and the people responsible for it, could be.
Verizon on Wednesday said that it making progress to reconnect communications services for its consumer, business and government customers in New Jersey, Long Island, New York City and other parts of the New York metropolitan area.
Optical Communications Group (OCG), a competitive fiber transport provider offering services throughout New York's five boroughs and parts of New Jersey, on Tuesday said that it kept its network running during Hurricane Sandy and is assisting area businesses and service providers with various connectivity options to help them restore or enhance their communications and backup systems.