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AT&T study reveals Toronto businesses prepared for unexpected disaster

As one of Canada’s primary commercial centres, Toronto requires increasingly complex network infrastructure for its major industries, which include finance, telecommunications, education, and medical research, according to AT&T.


May 3, 2012  


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As one of Canada’s primary commercial centres, Toronto requires increasingly complex network infrastructure for its major industries, which include finance, telecommunications, education, and medical research, according to AT&T.

A recent study from the firm indicates that a vast majority (85%) of Toronto-area companies have developed business continuity plans to help identify, prevent and respond to adverse conditions, a third of whom are saying it has become a priority in recent years due to natural disasters and security issues. The survey shows that this level of preparedness has extended beyond theoretical threats for a plurality (44%) of companies who have had to invoke their business continuity plans in the past year.

“Despite a volatile economy, businesses continue to invest in new technologies,” the firm said. “Six out of 10 (59%) Toronto executives surveyed indicate that in 2012 their companies will make strategic investments in areas such as mobile applications (37%), cloud computing (35%) and security solutions (27%). Cloud computing has become a particular focus — a majority (57%) of executives are either currently using cloud or considering using it as part of their business continuity strategy. When it comes to disaster recovery, executives would most frequently use cloud computing for data storage (40%) and Web servers (37%).”

This weekend, AT&T will be conducting a full-scale Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) simulation at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition Grounds.

Held several times a year throughout North America, the NDR exercises simulate the loss of a network office due to disaster and are designed to test, refine and strengthen AT&T’s business continuity and disaster recovery services in order to minimize network downtime, the company said.