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By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-08-30 Print this article Print

Russ Vernon, chief operating officer of asset management company Barrett Associates Inc., turned to Warren Systems for help crafting an emergency telecommuting plan during the RNC.

To prepare, Barrett studied employee commuting habits, determining, for example, which critical employees come in from New Jersey at Pennsylvania Station, which is located under Madison Square Garden, or live in the neighborhood around the arena. Vernon then ensured that Barretts systems provide remote access for those employees.

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"I guess the convention is the next issue in New York, but it could easily be the weather hitting the Florida coast," Vernon said. "We dont look at any one issue, like the convention, different from any other disaster. We need to be ready for anything, whether seen or unforeseen."

To shore up its business continuity measures, CDC Ixis North America Inc., the U.S. arm of a French bank, earlier this year deployed Verizon Communications Corp.s Enterprise Advance Network. The service provides a 2.4G-bps SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) ring that links voice and data between CDC Ixis two New York offices and the companys New Jersey disaster recovery site.

But thats not all. CDC Ixis Chief Communications Officer, Kieran Long, said his company is only months away from adding a mirrored production site in New Jersey that will enable it to have two active instances of its IT operations that back up each other.

The RNCs IT staff said they are ensuring that their own systems remain open at all times. "Our first line of defense is redundancy. Most everyone has a cell and a land line," said Max Everett, director of IT for the RNC. "Were working directly with the Secret Service and US-CERT to ensure our data integrity and network security."

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Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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