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Be Prepared for the Unpredictable

Written by  MIKE SHELDON

In today's competitive business environment, the corporate communications network is the lifeblood of the operation, so all possible avenues typically are taken to protect this invaluable asset. Preparing for the unpredictable, however, which could encompass anything from natural to manmade disasters – and everything in-between can be a daunting and costly undertaking.Regional catastrophes, for example, can cripple a communications network if a company is forced to reestablish operations in an alternate location and yet can't get the required replacement networking gear because the OEM is overwhelmed with similar requests. Even more mundane events, including power outages and equipment failures, can have equally devastating effects if businesses cannot recover and resume operations quickly and economically.Well-publicized delays in OEM equipment deliveries of more than three months have become more commonplace recently due to persistent component shortages. While this ongoing situation creates an everyday challenge in maintaining networks, it also can have a