SARS tipped to boost networks

The SARS epidemic looks like encouraging businesses to re-evaluate their strategies for using wide area networks and the internet to avoid travel to sensitive parts.

The SARS epidemic looks like encouraging businesses to re-evaluate their strategies for using wide area networks and the internet to avoid travel to sensitive parts.

That's the view of Scott Anderson, head of Akamai reseller Actonz.

“There are a hell of a lot of people looking at net strategies because of SARS,” he says, predicting that concerns over the respiratory syndrome could work to the benefit of companies like Akamai, whose business is in enabling efficient operation over the internet. Akamai operates caching sites worldwide, putting data near at hand for users far from the provider of the data.

There’s usually a two- to three-month lead time on such strategising, says Anderson, so an upsurge in spending might arrive in about a month.

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