A key pitch in WAN optimisation sales of late is the ability to work remotely, connecting to the office via a VPN over a home broadband connection.
However, those relying on BT Broadband for access to office networks had an excuse to put their feet up today after a network outage scrambled Internet connections in London.
A recorded message on BT’s status update line said the firm was “currently investigating a problem with broadband access in the London area.”
Both outer London 0208 and inner London 0207 area codes were affected.
The outage came as managed WAN reseller CI-Net put out research claiming 56% of businesses had no secondary connection in the event of an outside failure.
The survey of 110 IT managers found that 72% said network outages would be a major issue for them if home workers were unable to access company systems.
CI-Net managing director Graham McLean said: “It is possible to lose connectivity in a number of ways, including physical faults, accidents, natural disasters or even terror tactics.”
He continued: “Some of these incidents are more common than many think, and without built-in resilience incorporated into the way organisations access the Internet or support inter-site connectivity, whole infrastructures, dependent applications and business operations are at risk.”
Part of a typical CI-Net solution includes the ability to add in network appliances that automate the failover process to transfer connectivity to an alternative link should the primary connection go AWOL.
Joe Boyle, product manager at software-based WAN optimisation vendor Replify, which recently appointed Softek as its first UK distribution partner, said there was a clear need for the channel to supply “products that are agnostic of how you get onto the network”.
Replify got its start after its founders, former F5 Networks bods, decided hardware optimisation was too wasteful in terms of rack server space, cooling and energy costs and so on.
The firm aims to speed up traffic between corporate centres and remote workers with a software-based product that puts the acceleration endpoint onto the end-user device to guarantee fast connectivity in remote locations.