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Re: Is your ISP Influenza-ready?

  • From: Martin Hannigan
  • Date: Tue Apr 18 00:56:09 2006

At 09:50 PM 4/17/2006, Christopher L. Morrow wrote:

On Mon, 17 Apr 2006, David W. Hankins wrote:

> In a article:
> It is said:
>       President Bush is expected to approve soon a national pandemic
>       influenza response plan that identifies more than 300 specific
>       tasks for federal agencies, including [some stuff and] expanding
>       Internet capacity to handle what would probably be a flood of
>       people working from their home computers.
> That's not a lot of detail, and the article only cites
> as a reference.  They don't appear to have published any detailed plan
> that Pres. Bush is evidently about to sign there.  What is published there
> feels like background information, and is vaguer still.

How about this idea... are your corporate VPN services (assuming there is
one aside fromm 'ssh to the bastion host' of course) prepared to
double/quadruple/more-uple their normal concurrent user counts? During the
fallout of Katrina we observed this being a problem for some of the
corporations in region :( I know that quite a few folks plan for 50% or
less of their employees to be 'dialed in' :( If 100%, or some majority,
how do the corp folks plan on supporting that? :(

Vendors like it because it's a revenue boost. It obviously requires build-ahead
capacity and maintenance of overload capacity that will likely sit idle for 99%
of it's life span. Who pays?

[ ..hears ISP product managers scurrying to create "PriortyVPN" or
"priority vpn" products as a result... heh -> implied trademark here]


Martin Hannigan (c) 617-388-2663
Renesys Corporation (w) 617-395-8574
Member of Technical Staff Network Operations
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