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Time Warner to get Scientific Atlanta's disaster recovery system

ATLANTA: Time Warner Cable, New York, has agreed to license a new disaster recovery system from Scientific-Atlanta (SA) that will enable the company to minimise the impact of service interruptions for consumers; and to upgrade to its cable system while using its backup system to provide continuous programming.

The backup recovery system is scheduled to be ready by early 2004.

A company release explains that the disaster recovery system is an integrated solution that uses redundant, external servers that are in a TWC remote facility instead of being co-located in the Manhattan head-ends.

This separation provides greater protection for TWC's ability to deliver programming and helps to assure a rapid, transparent switchover to the backup equipment. The redundant servers will monitor the activities of TWC Manhattan's primary SA Digital Network Control System (DNCS).

As the Manhattan DNCS is updated, the backup system will synchronize its content to match that on the primary DNCS to deliver fast, accurate restoration of service.

The release quoted Larry Bradner, senior vice-president and president of SA's SciCare(tm) Broadband Services Group as saying, "This recovery solution embodies our philosophy for assisting the MSOs; it helps to address a service issue that is critical to the operator's success."

SciCare Broadband Services is the system integrator, professional services, and consulting arm of Scientific-Atlanta that provides the technical resources to help cable operators meet their business and technical needs.

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