In the telecom world, anything less than a 24x7 uptime becomes a matter
of life and death. With the explosive rise in internet usage and
the convergence of computing, wireless networking, and telecom applications
using low-cost off the shelf IP technologies, the old classical networking
structures are being shaken to their cores. New services such as unified
messaging, fax, video and voice over IP, storage over IP will necessitate
the building of high availability into these new telecom equipments.
Newer applications that have global coverage such as e-mail, e-tailing,
e-commerce, e-banking etc, require continuous data availability, 24x7 uptime.
The converged communications industry demands the same standards
of robustness and high availability that have been taken for granted
in the telecom industry for decades, the dial tone must become the