Internet Redundancy & Failover


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There are multiple types of Internet connections available

For almost every business, you have cable, fiber, DSL, wireless, cellular, POE, and satellite Internet are among the more common high-speed Internet services. The availability of these services will generally depend on the location and the property type, unfortunately your choices could be very limited. Its best for most companies to have at least one failover option to maintain connectivity if Internet access is mission-critical for your organization. Many businesses today typically choose a physical wired connection, and back it up with a wireless redundant switch connection. This way if your primary connection fails you have your backup ready to deploy.

What is an Internet failover option?

A failover link is a secondary Internet link setup to ensure Internet is not lost in the case of a main link failure, such as: Internet outages caused by traffic accidents, road construction, etc..

Secondary Internet connections, redundant connections or failover options, are becoming very popular, and even necessary, within industries that demand perfect uptime for the sending and receiving of data, such as finance, healthcare, and cloud-based software services. Also, the companies that run their business in the cloud and have to access data off site. Basically, any industry where a loss of data would be devastating. Imagine if your business lost its Internet connection and could not reconnect for an entire day: Could you operate like that?

If that answer is no, considering a failover option is in the best interest of your organization.
The goal: Always stay connected with redundancy

The main principal of a failover option is to achieve Internet connection redundancy. Redundancy (in technical terms) is reducing your reliance on any one option, so in the event of failure, there will be a backup system in place. Effective redundancy means having a backup option for your points of possible failure across a spectrum of different devices.

When it comes to your company's Internet connection, having a backup ensures Internet uptime, and If you are relying on one connection that goes down, you aren’t just losing business during the downtime, you may be losing future business from clients that are scared off by the unexpected outage.
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