What You Should Do

By Larry Barrett  |  Posted 2002-08-02 Print this article Print

Worried about your ISP in the wake of the telco tidal wave? Get a backup plan in place now.

Backing Up Internet Service

  1. Think budget. Once you've committed to the idea of backup service, determine your financial constraints
  2. Find a backup. Go to a second ISP and establish a burstable, fractional, or frame-relay connection
  3. Question the connection. Decide whether or not to connect your backup wire into your system
  4. Prepare for change. If you don't connect it, establish a pre-arrangement with your DNS provider to change your address quickly at your request
  5. Check your routers. If you do connect it, you may need to upgrade your router
  6. Allow time. Count on spending a few weeks getting the requisite new status, names and numbers to become multi-homed
How do you think your company should prepare for an unexpected disruption in Internet service? baseline@ziffdavis.com

Senior Writer
Larry, of San Carlos, Calif., was a senior writer and editor at CNet, writing analysis, breaking news and opinion stories. He was technology reporter at the San Jose Business Journal from 1996-1997. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University where he was also executive editor of the daily student newspaper.

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