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Managed Failover

Failover links, are very popular, even necessary, within industries that demand near-perfect uptime.

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The goal: Internet connection redundancy.

The main principal of a failover link is to achieve Internet connection redundancy. The concept of redundancy, in technical terms, is reducing your reliance on any one thing so that in the event of its failure, there will be a “backup system” in place. Effective redundancy means spreading out your points of failure across a spectrum of different media.

When it comes to your Internet connection, it makes sense to have a backup connection if you are a business that depends on Internet uptime. If you are relying on one connection and it goes down, you aren’t just losing business during that downtime, you may be losing future business from customers that are scared off by the outage.

What is an Internet failover link?

A failover link is a secondary Internet link setup to ensure Internet uptime is not lost in the case of a main link failure (e.g. Internet outages caused by traffic accidents, road construction, etc., etc.).

Secondary Internet connections, or failover links, are very popular, even necessary, within industries that demand near-perfect uptime for the sending and receiving of data, such as finance, healthcare, and cloud-based software services. Basically, any industry where a loss of data could be potentially catastrophic.

Failover links are also becoming more popular with businesses that rely on Internet access for production, however, such as software development and media services thanks to the plummeting costs associated with running multiple Internet connections. Imagine if your business lost its Internet connection and could not reconnect for an entire day: Could you operate like that?

If the answer is no, considering a failover link is in the best interest of your organization.

The main principal of a failover link is to achieve Internet connection redundancy. The concept of redundancy, in technical terms, is reducing your reliance on any one thing so that in the event of its failure, there will be a “backup system” in place. Effective redundancy means spreading out your points of failure across a spectrum of different media.

When it comes to your Internet connection, it makes sense to have a backup connection if you are a business that depends on Internet uptime. If you are relying on one connection and it goes down, you aren’t just losing business during that downtime, you may be losing future business from customers that are scared off by the outage.

An example of a failover link

For the best results, businesses should use one or more different types of connection methods as a failover alongside your main link. A typical redundancy scenario with high-speed Internet connections could be a fiber-based Internet provider as a primary connection, with a wireless-based connection.

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