AT&T Stages Network Disaster Recovery Drill in Southern California

Southern California business leaders and local elected officials to observe how AT&T's disaster recovery team secures the region's critical data and voice infrastructure.

Los Angeles, California, February 15, 2007

AT&T announced it will conduct a demonstration by its Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team that will show how the company would respond to a disaster that destroys a Southern California-area central office, the data-routing and voice-switching center at the heart of a telecommunications network. The 10-day drill begins on Feb. 26, when 25 of AT&T's state-of-the-art semitrailers roll into Anaheim, California. A demonstration for AT&T enterprise business customers will take place on March 1.

AT&T's industry-leading, mobile, full-readiness NDR team allows AT&T to swiftly recover data and switched facilities in the U.S. and AGN nodes in our global network. An NDR exercise demonstrates the network disaster-recovery process, from the initial mobilization of team members to transport of equipment and turn-up and testing of service. AT&T draws on experience and insights gained from these exercises to continually refine its disaster-response systems and strengthen its business-continuity services.

AT&T's NDR team conducts recovery exercises several times a year throughout the United States to ensure that communications are restored quickly for the company's government, business, and consumer clients if a disaster damages or destroys part of its network. These exercises are part of the company's comprehensive array of business-continuity and disaster-recovery capabilities.

"The NDR drill is a pivotal component of AT&T's business-continuity and disaster-recovery program," said Ken Smith, executive director of AT&T's Network Disaster Recovery Program. "AT&T's customers demand availability, recoverability, and security for their services, applications and data. We are proud that we can meet their needs — even in the face of a major disaster."

According to the Southern California Earthquake Center, Southern California is overdue for a major earthquake. And when it occurs, Los Angeles County has the greatest risk of damage, followed by San Bernardino and Orange counties. Despite this, a recent AT&T survey of 100 Los Angeles-area businesses showed that one-third have no business continuity plans in place — and that for those businesses that do have a plan, two-thirds of the plans have not been tested.

Since 1992, AT&T has invested more than $350 million in its NDR program, which includes a team of more than 50 managers, engineers and technicians, as well as a fleet of more than 150 self-contained equipment trailers and support vehicles that house the same equipment and components as an AT&T data-routing or voice-switching center.

This NDR demonstration will coincide with a Networking Leaders Forum on Thursday, March 1. Randy Brooks, senior vice president of Enterprise Information Technology, Strategy and Architecture for the Walt Disney Company, will be a featured speaker. The event will bring together AT&T executives, business customers, and outside experts to discuss the latest trends in business continuity and disaster recovery.

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These results are derived from telephone interviews conducted by Western Wats and Opinion Research Corporation of 100 Information Technology (It) executives in the Los Angeles metropolitan region.

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