Pandemic planning: Remote access and network disaster recovery key

A pandemic H1N1, or swine flu, outbreak will have a drastic effect on corporate and public networks as employees demand remote access at unprecedented levels. To continue operations with staff out sick or working remotely, network managers should be putting plans into place now.

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The threat of a pandemic flu outbreak is something that networking teams must take seriously. The World Health Organization estimates that although the global H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak is now in its early stages that 2 billion people could be infected over the course of the pandemic.

Because a pandemic emergency will cause workers to telecommute to prevent the spread of infection, network loads will shift, making remote access and alternate means of connectivity and communications for employees important. To continue operations with staff out sick or working remotely, network managers should be putting plans into place now. A good plan could save your business and offers disaster recovery protection, not only from flu, but from other threats like storms and terrorist attacks.

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This was first published in October 2009

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