Monday, 28 January 2008

When Disaster Strikes

In one of those press releases that doesn’t seem to have any news, EDS today put out a piece about its Global Services Network (GSN). All good stuff - The 50-node network is spread across 19 countries and connects more than 500 facilities worldwide. It is described as a one-of-a-kind, Multi-Protocol Layer Switching (MPLS) network.

It’s a reminder that as climate change inevitably gets a grip on the world’s weather there will be increased demand for disaster recovery services in places that were not previously thought of as vulnerable. Companies with data centres in what turns out to be a flood plain (and there are a few of those in the UK) or communications centres in the path of increasingly frequent hurricanes will be looking for insurance that their global business will survive if the worst happens.

Companies like EDS and IBM, with global facilities that can handle disruption on a large scale with relative ease, will benefit most as global corporations look for security, but there will be opportunities at all levels.

But I bet there are a few companies out there offering disaster recovery services that are wondering whether, just maybe, their back-up centres could be vulnerable ….

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