Time Warner Cable of New York City has licensed a new disaster recovery system from Scientific-Atlanta and expects to have it operational in early 2004.
TWC said it will use the system to minimize service interruptions and to make upgrades to its cable system while using a backup platform to provide continuous service. The announcement comes after a major power outage struck New York and other major east U.S. cities in August.
S-A's system uses redundant, external servers based in a TWC remote facility instead of co-locating them in the MSO's headends in Manhattan. The redundant servers will monitor the activities of Time Warner Manhattan's primary S-A Digital Network Control System (DNCS). The separation "provides greater protection for TWC's ability to deliver programming and helps to assure a rapid, transparent switchover to the backup equipment," the companies said.
"This recovery solution embodies our philosophy for assisting the MSO and helps to address a service issue that is critical to the operator's success," said Larry Bradner, SVP and President of SciCare Broadband Services, S-A's in-house system integration and professional services arm.