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Mitigating the Risk of Network Service Outage by Automating Device Configuration

Written by  Jonathan Wolf

As the Internet expands, reaching out to more parts of the world, it will infiltrate most every business and home. It also seems destined to penetrate every device and appliance, most recently appearing on wireless devices. As it almost effortlessly sweeps into the daily routine of all of our lives, we are developing a pervasive dependence on its availability. The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that effectively own the Internet must guide this “network of networks” through this massive expansion; an expansion with no rival in the history of network communications. While the rapid growth of their networks is critical to realizing future business opportunities, the “behind the scenes” work involved with the practical implementation of this historic network roll-out is not without its hurdles. Many of these challenges are technical in nature. For example, some issues that need to be addressed include speed of transfer, deriving more useable bandwidth from the available