In Case of Emergency

Michael Vizard

Whenever disaster strikes the biggest issue that any IT organization faces is how to restablish communications. After all, all the server availability in the world won't mean a thing if there is no way to access it.

But for the cost of $700 a month, IT organizations can be guaranted access to a satellite communication connection via a transmitter that is delivered in a back pack. Commsfirst, a managed service provider, is offering the satellite service with a best-effort promise of delivering the backpack no matter what the circumstances.

Obviously, that leaves a little wiggle room in terms of delivery in the event of a major natural disaster. But project lead Joe Fiorentino says that Commsfirst is committed to trying to deliver a satellite hookup anywhere in the world in the event of an emergency.

Fiorentino says that service will take only five minutes to fire up once the backup is delivered, which Fiorentino righly says sure beats waiting around for AT&T or Verizon to figure out how to restablish service.

Naturally, Commsfirst is hoping to defray the cost of having to deliver on that promise by collecting fees from multiple customers on a monthly basis. But in an age where network access means money, and sometimes even saving lives, the Commsfirst service may prove to be indispensable for some IT organizations.

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