Five nines or 99.999% has always been an overused and not understood standard for discussing availability. At best the use of 99.999% is often inaccurate, misleading or not applicable but let’s be clear. A network, such as the ANPI private IP network, is designed, built and operated with the goal of delivering 99.999% network availability to our customers. Let’s first understand what the commitment of 99.999% uptime translates to in terms of minutes of downtime per year.
Monday was President’s Day and many, including ANPI, celebrated the holiday. And although, I was actually working, I decided to delay the blog since many of you would miss it. Therefore, this is the first blog of the week. For those of you who have read this blog for a few years you know that each year I analyze the President’s State of the Union Address to see if he mentions telecommunications.
One thing I forgot to mention was the successful conclusion of the unification of NTCA (The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association) and OPASTCO (Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies) during the RTIME conference in Orlando. The unification of the two organizations will increase the policy influence of the rural service providers and telecom companies. Several long-standing association by-laws were changed, one of which provides non-cooperative Telco members full voting rights in the new entity. At the end of the month the unification will be declared complete and the new entity will be called NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association.
Last week BroadSoft released a study updating interest in Unified Communications (UC). The study claims to include some SMBs but does not indicate the percentage. This is important when discussing UC because the value proposition differs greatly between single location and multi-location businesses and size of business.
Research has shown that there are three key drivers specifically for small businesses and UC.
Last week I attended and spoke at IT Expo in Miami. This week I am attending my first national rural telecom event, Rural Telecom Industry Meeting and Expo (RTIME). What distinguishes this event is focus on the issues of rural America around telecommunications and the coming together of so many different telephone company CEOs, General Managers, Directors and management staff. Of course, since it is being held at the Disney location in Orlando, there is also a good size contingent of younger family members.