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Many businesses today have mission critical communication and data sharing needs. Whether these needs arise from customer or regulatory (e.g. SarbOx) requirements, truly redundant communications and data backup services are vital to the business’ operations and for disaster recovery scenarios.
For many businesses, including even very large businesses, communications redundancy is often the exception rather than the rule. Many attempt to accomplish this by having either alternate providers of in-ground hard-wired copper or fiber connections to their facilities or by having these connections at different entry points or tied to different communication centers.
The problem with this “solution” is that at some point all these underground cables come together in common conduits that are subject to being damage/cut by above ground activities. As such they are not truly redundant and create an unmitigated risk for those companies.
In addition, from a disaster recovery
perspective when communications are lost in this way, the recovery time to restore them can be anywhere from a few hours to many days. For some businesses the loss of communications ability for even a few minutes can have severely negative economic and customer relations effects.
So how does a business achieve true redundancy? There are some technologies that help. Microwave and satellite links are redundant to fiber/copper in the ground but they suffer from bandwidth constraints, are not secure or in the case of satellite are very expensive.
Point-to-point Wireless Light Communications (WLC) is the only truly redundant, very secure and cost effective solution for the redundancy, security and disaster recovery needs of businesses today. WLC uses above ground devices to move data at fiber optic speeds and bandwidths through the air.