The resilience of a company’s network and Internet connection is critical to its success. Resilience refers to the ability of network to maintain acceptable levels of service in the face of a range of challenges, including cyber-attacks, natural disasters and user-errors.
In the Caribbean, where several islands are susceptible to extreme weather events and natural disasters, the importance of network resilience has come into sharp focus, especially with the official start of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season on June 1.
Companies across the region are making efforts to assess vulnerabilities that could contribute to infrastructure failures and service dropouts, or negatively impact data recovery and business continuity efforts.
With cyber incidents multiplying across the region, many executives have realised that they can no longer afford to overlook important decisions about their company’s network buildout, network resource management and network infrastructure spend. Those issues are now squarely the concern and the responsibility of the firm’s top decision makers.
Long gone are the days when network disaster preparedness, risk mitigation, business continuity and recovery planning could be relegated to the task list of some unnamed intern in the IT Department. Competitive industries are becoming increasingly unforgiving to enterprises with crippled, outdated or unsecured technology.
In the aftermath of several unprecedented storms in the Caribbean in 2017, for example, gross deficiencies in the region’s network planning were exposed with telling effect, as most businesses demonstrated little to no capacity to execute any data recovery planning and many struggled to rollout a coordinated business continuity blueprint.
The key takeaway is the need for all businesses—large and small—to have a clear, strategic approach to designing and building out their network infrastructure.
In many cases, urgent action is needed, as the financial impact of network downtime can be devastating, and the loss of reputational equity can go far beyond any actual damage to physical infrastructure. However, even in the most urgent cases where immediate action is required, choosing the right technology partner can be the difference between success and failure.
Across the Caribbean, the partner of choice is C&W Business, a company with a global profile, regional coverage and local presence. Here are four practical ways that C&W Business can provide your company with the best foundation for Data Recovery and Business Continuity.
- Increased network routing options
With more than 42,000 kilometers of subsea fiber, 38,000 kilometers of terrestrial fiber and coaxial terrestrial network, plus multiple access points in Florida and New York, C&W Business can provide solutions to expand your company’s network routing options.
- Superior network quality standards
C&W has several Tier III data centres across the region with international accreditations, and stacked with high voltage AC, battery & generator backup power.
- Stronger Security
If security is on your checklist, C&W provides top-level service, using Category-5 rated buildings with biometric access control, and 24x7x365 network & IT infrastructure monitoring.
- Round-the-Clock Customer Support
C&W’s Network Operations Centres are strategically located with local and regional with geographic redundancy, so that teams operate across time zones, providing unified redundant support around the clock.
The next threat to their network infrastructure could take the form of natural disaster, manmade error or malicious incident. But with the high quality of solutions available from C&W Business, top execs across the Caribbean have a clear opportunity to be better prepared.