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RE: wanted: wireless magic tricks

  • From: Roeland Meyer
  • Date: Sat Aug 18 10:22:49 2001

|> From: Cerqua, Toby [mailto:[email protected]]
|> Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2001 9:02 AM
|> hey all,
|> we've got a client that wants some crazy stuff, and i need either
|> suggestions or confirmation that this is impossible/too expensive.
|> client needs 45Mbps pushed over 20 miles... and he wants it 
|> wireless. the
|> kicker is that they don't want a T3 because it is "too 
|> expensive" and it
|> would take too long to get installed. it doesn't need to be 
|> constant, but he
|> wants to move of 2.5GB within 45 minutes. this is in the 
|> chicago area, if
|> that helps any. so, i don't know, satellite?

The expense part is arguable, but they may be correct about the lead-time.
I'm seeing more than 6 months for provisioning here, for T3s. I hear similar
numbers everywhere else. However, microwave towers take almost as long, and
are even MORE expensive (the permits alone, might take that long and *then*
you have to acquire the rights-of-way and build the towers<sigh>).

Depending on frequency of occurance, it might be far cheaper to burn a DAT
tape, or DVD-R, and drive it the 20 miles. You might want to consider doing
this until the T3 gets installed. It all depends on what the transfer is
worth (it looks like a data synchronization run).

If is is a data-sync run then they might want to consider a lower-speed line
and sync RDBMSs, such as with Oracle Replication Services (Assuming that it
*is* RDBMS data and they *are* using Oracle [Sybase works too]). The
bottom-line is that, they look like they have a systems architecture problem
that they are trying to fix with a claw-hammer.

Everything is possible. It is just that certain versions of "possible" cost
more than others.