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When network failure hits today's enterprise, costs pile up fast
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of April 2017, Vol. 8, No. 3
Hope for the best, and plan for the worst. It's good advice for everyone from hikers and pilots to emergency responders and, yes, network managers. After all, when today's enterprise experiences network failure, tens of millions of dollars can fly down the drain -- not to mention the untold costs such an outage exacts on an organization's brand and reputation. And while high-profile service incidents make national news, less conspicuous outages still take their toll on an enterprise's relationship with its end users. No organization is safe from the lost confidence significant downtime engenders. That's the bad news. The good news is, after an incident of network failure, organizations of all stripes can learn from the outage. In this edition of Network Evolution, we share best practices for preventing incidents like the ones that took Southwest Airlines' network offline one day last year and explore how cutting-edge technology can help keep you connected ("When It Comes to Today's Network, You Break It ... You'll Pay"). Here's ...
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