At approximately 1:51 PM on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, an earthquake struck the Washington, D.C. Metro Region. With a magnitude of 5.9, the earthquake impacted cities as far as Chicago and Boston. Although, no major infrastructures were damaged by the earthquake, the heaviest strain came from the increased call volume from cell phones and landline customers. Many experienced connection problems after Tuesday's earthquake, due in part to the overload on the LEC facilities. In fact, according to the Associated Press, “Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile representatives said their networks were congested as the quake sent people scrambling for their phones.”
iCore Networks, the D.C. metro area's leading provider of Voice over Private Internet (VoPI) services, reports today that its 55,000+ users in the Mid-Atlantic region customers in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area were unscathed by the impact caused by the earthquake and were able to successfully communicate with customers, friends, and family. The voice network remained up and stable and all internal systems and security remained operational.
“iCore’s service is equipped with a contingency and disaster recovery plan built in,” said iCore’s Chairman and CEO, Stephen G. Canton. “iCore takes these unforeseen circumstances seriously and our mission is to keep the network, and our customers, up and running at all times.”
iCore’s typical customer installation includes enhanced disaster prevention and recovery system consisting of a primary private circuit connected to one of the two geographically redundant and technologically mirrored Network Access Centers (NACs), with a managed backup circuit hosted by an additional NAC; both of which are equipped with primary and backup data servers. The upgraded hardware, advanced software and true geographic data center redundancy enables iCore to prepare its customers for the worst by making a detailed disaster recovery plan available to every customer.
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