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VL on HA
VL on Provision ing

William Flanagan
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Vladimir Kaminsky


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We started in 2002 by looking at automating the installation and  provisioning of carrier services.  As the first issue stated the problem, imagine voice call switching still done by manual cord boards.  There aren't enough people in the country to handle the call volume in telephony.  

Likewise, data traffic now exceeds the world's ability to train and certify network engineers (operators) to set up services--unless the process is automated.  To meet demand, carriers installed new procedures, new equipment, and new software management tools--creating hope for an economic recovery in telecoms.

With so much data, we've become dependent on its "always on" connectivity.  Just as we always expect dial tone when we pick up a phone, we expect our browser and email to work all the time.  Historically, the tolerance for outages has been higher among Internet/router people than among telephone people.  That is changing, as availability become a performance metric for the IT dept. as well as the voice service.  At the end of 2005, ViewsLetter refocused on High Availability to cover the evolving network and server technology that's making data services more reliable all the time.

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