A key pitch in WAN optimisation sales of late is the abilityto work remotely, connecting to the office via a VPN over a home broadbandconnection,
However, those relying on BT Broadband for access to office networks hadan excuse to put their feet up today after a network outage scrambled Internetconnections in London.
A recorded message on BT’s status update line said the firmwas “currently investigating a problem with broadband access in the London area”.
Both outer London 0208 andinner London0207 area codes were affected.
The outage came as managed WAN reseller CI-Net put out researchclaiming 56% of businesses had no secondary connection in the event of anoutside failure.
The survey of 110 IT managers found that 72% said networkoutages would be a major issue for them if home workers were unable to accesscompany systems.
CI-Net managing director Graham McLean said: “It is possibleto 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 thanmany think, and without built-in resilience incorporated into the wayorganisations 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 toadd in network appliances that automate the failover process to transferconnectivity to an alternative link should the primary connection go AWOL.
Joe Boyle, product manager at software-based WAN optimisationvendor Replify, which recently appointed Softek as its first UK distributionpartner, said there was a clear need for the channel to supply “products thatare agnostic of how you get onto the network”.
Replify got its start after its founders, former F5 Networksbods, decided hardware optimisation was too wasteful in terms of rack serverspace, cooling and energy costs and so on.
The firm aims to speed up traffic between corporate centresand remote workers with a software-based product that puts the accelerationendpoint onto the end-user device to guarantee fast connectivity in remotelocations.