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Planning for Network Disaster: Telecommunications Diversity in the New OCLC Network

Larry L. Learn (Director of Technical Planning for OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, Ohio.)
George L. Carpenter (Director of Network and Hardware Services for OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, Ohio.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 April 1991

Abstract

Recently, OCLC successfully completed a multi‐year network design, procurement, implementation, and user transition effort. At a cost of $70 million, this effort resulted in the implementation of a totally new telecommunications network. The packet‐switching nature of this new network has for the first time made it practical for OCLC to effectively address the risks imposed by the potential of major catastrophes within the telecommunications‐carrier infrastructure, and, for all practical purposes, to eliminate any resulting widespread service outages for OCLC users.

Citation

Learn, L.L. and Carpenter, G.L. (1991), "Planning for Network Disaster: Telecommunications Diversity in the New OCLC Network", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 63-73. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb047836

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