Research suggests dangerous exposure to ISP
failure among UK companies
5th January 2003
With many ISPs facing financial crisis the consequences
for UK ebusiness could be dire
LONDON, United Kingdom - 5th January 2003
– Recent research reveals a dangerous lack of planning for ISP failure.
The research, conducted in the last six months, suggests that many
businesses will be adversely affected by the financial difficulties
and potential closure currently threatening many of the established
ISPs in the market. Asce Networks believes that few companies are
aware of the possible solutions to this issue.
The research shows that although ninety-four percent
of respondents stated that 100% Internet availability was important
or very important to their business few have taken steps to guarantee
connectivity in the event of a failure.
Less that half (44%) of respondents had more than one
ISP connection and only one third of those that did (32%) used a
connection from a different provider. Thirty-seven percent stated
that when their ISP went down they simply waited for the ISP to
fix the problem whilst sixteen percent manually re-directed their
address spaces to an alternate service provider.
And in another research, Gartner Research states that
Gartner anticipates that the Internet backbone will become 3 times
less reliable by 2006, primarily due to economic pressures that
ISPs are facing and increasing network complexity. Enterprises that
do not build diversity and redundancy into their corporate networks
put their business operations at a huge risk,said Ted Chamberlin,
networking analyst, Gartner. Single, un-managed Internet links are
one such example of single points of failure. Hence, one of the
best ROI strategies for enterprises concerned about high availability
is to have redundant ISP links and employ a solution that effectively
switches traffic over the best link. Link load balancing solutions
mitigate risk and can provide superior bandwidth flexibility and
performance by sending users over the optimal route.
Bob Collins, CEO of Asce Networks ,Inc., commenting
on the research said: "It is worrying to see the lack of redundancy
employed in business' ISP connections. With the current state of
the ISP market and uncertainties over future viability of even multi-national
service providers, it is imperative that organisations of all sizes
make some contingency for the possibility of losing an ISP connection."
Until recently, establishing automatic fail-over to
a redundant ISP connection was difficult.BGP4 requires an agreement
between the participating ISPs and a common address space, as well
as expensive integration making it unsuitable in situations where
an ISP goes out of business. Manual re-direction not only takes
time, costing business for every minute that connectivity is lost,
but also requires skilled personnel, putting it beyond the reach
of many smaller businesses.
Asce Networks’ OmniRange Plus series appliance, has
the capability to deliver automatic ISP fail-over through its patented
load-balancing software. Multiple ISP, or even banks of ADSL connections,
can be connected to the firewall which automatically tests these
connections on an ongoing basis. If a connection fails OmniRange
Plus simply re-balances the traffic across the remaining operating
About Asce Networks, Inc.
Asce Networks, Inc. is a worldwide leader in providing mission-critical
e-Business infrastructures with international headquarters in GAITHERSBURG,
MD. Asce Networks delivers the next generation hardware and software
to scale the performance and availability of mission-critical e-Business
infrastructures. For more information about Asce Networks and its
products and services, please visit http://www.ascenetworks.com/.
Asce Networks and OmniRange Plus are the property of Asce Networks,
Inc. All other company and product names are the property of their
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