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Ibm, At&t Build Technology to Move Data Fast in Disaster

By Bloomberg

July 31, 2014

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Prototype technology developed by AT&T, IBM, and Applied Communications Sciences (ACS) can quickly move large amounts of critical data and software to another location in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. The technology would enable governments and companies to shift information and software between private and public data centers, as well as cloud services from different providers, in seconds.

"The key idea here is to have a highly dynamic backbone network," says University of California, Santa Barbara professor Adel Saleh. "If the network is under physical attack or cyberattack, you can recover from this quickly." Users could reconfigure systems on the fly to handle changes in needs, such as bandwidth.

Changes to optical fiber networks, including the addition of new switches, would enable the technology to be adopted more broadly, says IBM Research's Dave McQueeney. He also says cloud systems would need to be tweaked to accommodate the connections. McQueeney also points out that military technology infrastructures and eventually commercial outfits also could use the technology.

AT&T, IBM, and ACS' work is a component of a seven-year U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program.

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