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Business Continuity Via Satellite Communications

Written by  Emil Regard

For corporations that rely on their networks to generate revenue (e.g. point-of-sale transactions, securities trading, etc.), protection from network outages or even slowdowns is critical. A network outage translates directly to lost revenue, which no business can afford (see table below). Disaster recovery (DR) plans and procedures, although critical to information systems management, are not sufficient to meet the needs of these corporations. DR plans enable the retrieval of critical business records from a storage facility, restore lost data and return systems to operation – but may take 48 hours or more to implement. There is a solution. It is called a business continuity plan — and satellite communications plays a vital role in making it happen. Since the early 1980s, enterprises have used satellite communications to connect hundreds and thousands of company sites with their corporate data centers. “Satcoms” personify private networking. It can be deployed anywhere, which make it a popular