Vancouver, Washington – (The Hosting News) – December 17, 2007 – According to businesses and communications network provider, Eartthlink’s New Edge Networks, as businesses increasingly install backup disaster recovery networks, they are gleaning cost savings from switching to wide area networks based on new, lower-cost technology.
Greg Griffiths, Vice President of marketing for New Edge Networks explained, ”Businesses that migrate from legacy networks based on frame relay technology generally can double or triple circuit capacity and lower their monthly costs, all at the same time.”
New Edge builds primary and backup networks that use different routing for redundancy and network availability. American AgCredit, a lending cooperative for farmers and ranchers in California and Nevada, installed a backup network powered by New Edge from savings it realized by migrating from a legacy frame relay WAN to one based on MPLS technology, short for Multi-Protocol Label Switching.
Mr. Griffths added, ”They are increasingly reinvesting the savings to improve network reliability and business continuity, especially at a time when more business applications are riding on the network. This is a smart trend we are seeing among our customers.”
American AgCredit’s new MPLS primary network and its redundant private backup network link 17 branch locations in California and Nevada with the company’s headquarters in Santa Rosa, Calif. Data traffic automatically switches to the DSL-based backup network if there is an outage on the T1-based primary wide area network. Both networks were independently installed and successfully tested earlier this month.
Floyd Ridenhour, Senior Vice President of IT for American AgCredit, the nation’s 7th largest agricultural lending cooperative noted, ”Having a backup network is quite an advantage to our business. IT flexibility gives us business agility.”
Mr. Ridenhour continued, ”When people talk about disaster recovery they talk about big disasters. Most of the time, our disasters are little disasters like a circuit down here or there. There is always something down. Sometimes they take time to isolate and repair. We’ve been tracking these over the last year or two and they are relatively significant. Our backup system will keep us functioning — keep information flowing. We view our backup network as an insurance policy for protecting business continuity. We try to keep things up so we can deliver money to our customers when they need it. If you want money, you want it now.”
Petaluma, Calif.-based Top Speed Data Communications, a telecom consultancy, advised American AgCredit and helped analyze its circuit needs. Top Speed is an authorized sales agent for New Edge Networks.
Founded in 1916, American AgCredit is part of the cooperative nationwide Farm Credit System. American AgCredit specializes in providing financial services to agriculture and rural customers in California and Nevada as well as to capital markets customers in 27 states across the nation. Financial services provided by American AgCredit include: production financing, short and long term loans, real estate loans, equipment and vehicle leasing, lines of credit and the Young, Beginning and Small farmer program. For more information about American AgCredit’s Cash Dividend Program and financial services, call 1-800-800-4865.
New Edge Networks, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a wholly owned subsidiary of EarthLink Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK). New Edge Networks builds and manages private networks for businesses and communications providers. Through its nationwide backbone network with almost 900 switches and Internet routers, New Edge Networks uses any blend of network and access technologies (MPLS, frame relay, ATM, xDSL, cable, wireless, and satellite) for providing high-speed connections at any business address in the United States. Network options include any combination of access, network management functions, and on-site installation services. For more information visit www.newedgenetworks.com or call 1-360-693-9009.
To learn more about American AgCredit, please visit: www.agloan.com.
For more information about New Edge Networks, please visit: www.newedgenetworks.com.