When your business is to provide uninterrupted service to customers, any amount of downtime or service interruption is too much. The telecommunication industry is a good example of a torture test for mission-critical computing - especially given today's proliferation of smart phones and the increasing appetite more of us have to share our thoughts with each other in email, texts, voice, photos, and video as it happens, on the spot, and sometimes even with our geolocation id'd.
Think of this increasing demand trend in combination with huge point in time spikes in global demand - say around World Cup Soccer finals for example. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer finals, a leading mobile networking services provider in Western Europe broke records by generating an astonishing 34.7 million visits across online and mobile platforms. Fans streamed more than 10 million hours of live video from a single online resource to more than 265,000 media players. Wow. It strikes me that this is only the beginning - in years to come the volume, complexity and richness of how people share moments will expand. Maybe 3D video sharing from your smart phone. Any science fiction / Star Trek fans out there? What do you think will be in the next wave(s)?
Robust systems with top notch resiliency that can handle the most demanding workloads and innovations are required. Naturally we'd recommend HP Integrity with HP-UX or NonStop. There are no shortcuts or compromises that should be made when it means protecting the trust customers have in your service.
You can read more about this topic and takeaways for your industry too in this article on hp.com: How Smartphones and Soccer put Mission-Critical Computing to the Test.
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