AT&T Bolsters Pan-European Disaster Recovery Resources
$7.5 million investment since 2006 adds significant technology and equipment in EMEA
Dusseldorf, Germany, May 12, 2009
AT&T* is expanding its pan-European Disaster Recovery resources with the addition of increased technology, equipment and manpower. With its planned investment this year, AT&T will have invested $7.5 million since 2006 to extend its disaster recovery resources in the EMEA region, as part of an ongoing programme.
Today, AT&T’s NDR resources in EMEA include a dedicated 650 m² warehouse located in the UK, a 14-meter articulated trailer, a custom-built flatbed truck to house two fly-away disaster recovery units and a new control and command centre. The NDR technology trailers and containers are specially designed to mimic the technologies present in the AT&T network. AT&T plans to add a third fly-away unit later this year in EMEA. The latest enhancements to AT&T’s resources in EMEA will allow the NDR team to deploy recovery equipment within 24 hours.
Each disaster recovery unit has a self-contained or dedicated power supply and houses a component of the network technology that would normally be part of a central office. Once on site, the individual components are interconnected to match the unique configuration of a heavily damaged or destroyed central office. The fly-away containers support AT&T Global Network (AGN) Tier 1, 2 and 3 POPs and can support the recovery of the AGN architecture. AT&T has an AGN presence in more than 130 cities worldwide.
“Business continuity planning is critical in order to avoid major communications disruptions in the event of a disaster,” said Kevin Peters, Executive Vice President, AT&T Global Network Operations. “AT&T continues to make further investments in its NDR programme in order to respond and recover from significant unplanned events and keep our customers’ businesses operational.”
Some of the new NDR technology and equipment will be demonstrated in Düsseldorf, Germany this week, where customers can witness AT&T’s approach to rapidly restoring communications in the event of a disaster. During this event, industry experts will present their perspectives on network readiness, disaster preparedness, application services and network security, and provide customers with a unique demonstration on how to disaster-proof their businesses.
AT&T is a recognized leader in the business continuity and recovery services space, and offers a wide array of business continuity services, encompassing disaster planning, risk management, recovery preparedness and communications readiness. AT&T Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Services are comprehensive, providing enterprises with business-impact analysis, risk assessments, a full continuum of storage solutions, high-availability network solutions, and network and IT security solutions.
A dedicated NDR workforce and significant raft of volunteer employees conduct regular training in field exercises that allow for rigorous testing of processes, skills and technologies. This ensures that AT&T provides recovery services inside of expected industry standards.
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