A recent news article reports that a communications cable has been cut, affecting Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. This has happened before, but it did not seem likely to me that it would be something that would reoccur. The article on BBC quotes Interoute’s Jonathan Wright, “For this to happen twice in one year, on the same cable, is a serious cause for concern.”

As network disruptions become common, the disconnection of transoceanic lines should be a concern to IT administrators that manage company networks that are distributed worldwide. Distributed networks should be implemented in such a way and as much as financially feasible to allow for continued operation of the distributed sites when connections are severed. Outages occur and may last several days, if not weeks. Without a resilient company network in place, a lot of resources may be underutilized resulting in an increase in operating costs. A resilient company network shall minimize the loss of utility from company resources in the event of a network outage.

Questions, comments, and responses are welcomed and appreciated.

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