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Vol. 1 No. 7 September 2002

Few options for disaster-proof storage

One of Ma Bell's many legacies is the Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) a standard for certifying that equipment used in central offices can survive extreme environmental conditions. To be rated to NEBS-3, the most stringent test, "they bake [the equipment], they freeze it, they shake it and they drop it," says Omar Barraza, director of product marketing at Dot Hill, whose storage subsystems are all NEBS-certified. Barraza says that interest in NEBS is on the rise since Sept. 11. "Customers are being much more careful. When it comes to five nines, they're not just taking the company's word for it." Eventually, NEBS will become the functional equivalent of good housekeeping seal of approval, Barraza thinks. Even if a company doesn't require NEBS certification per se, "there's no disadvantage from a product being NEBS certified," he says. That's how The Atlanta Journal Constitution, a daily newspaper, feels too. NEBS certification for the AJC is a nicety, not a requirement, says Frank Branham, senior systems analyst. ...

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