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Ensuring business continuity: The importance of network redundancy and failover

Safeguarding operations through seamless Connectivity

In the world of Connectivity, enterprises are constantly striving for seamless operations, akin to the reliability a generator provides during an unexpected power outage.

This quest for uninterrupted Connectivity leads us to the twin concepts of network redundancy and failover, two critical components in the arsenal against network disruptions.

Defining network redundancy and failover

Network redundancy and failover are not mere buzzwords; they are essential strategies for enterprises aiming to minimise the impact of network disruptions. While disruptions can arise from various sources, including hardware issues, software update failures, or network congestion, the objective remains constant: maintaining business continuity.

Network redundancy: Breaking free from single points of failure

Network redundancy, also known as link redundancy, involves a strategic approach where enterprises utilise multiple network service providers. This ensures that the network remains available even if one carrier experiences an outage or disruptions. By employing diverse Internet service providers (ISPs), such as AT&T or T-Mobile, and integrating redundancy capabilities like a hybrid WAN router, enterprises can break free from the shackles of a single point of failure.

Network failover: The lifeline in action

Network failover is the physical process that enables redundancy, automatically diverting network traffic from a primary link to a secondary link when the primary one fails. This process is crucial for businesses looking to incorporate failure protection through diverse connection types, multiple carriers, routers, and additional power sources.

Balancing cost and efficiency

While the benefits of network redundancy are evident, the costs associated with it can be a concern. Similar to investing in insurance, enabling network redundancy may require significant financial commitment. However, there's a cost-efficient alternative: bandwidth augmentation. By utilising a cellular connection as a primary link for specific applications, enterprises can augment their network with more bandwidth, making redundancy a more economical choice.

Ensuring business continuity: The importance of network redundancy and failover
Ensuring business continuity: The importance of network redundancy and failover
Ensuring business continuity: The importance of network redundancy and failover

Implementing network connection redundancy: A step-by-step guide

Achieving network connection redundancy doesn't have to be complex. Here are four simple steps to enhance network reliability:

#1. Augment with Cellular Connection: Add a cellular connection to an existing wired setup for enhanced redundancy.

#2. Select a Vendor for Failover Solutions: Choose a vendor offering dual modem routers and software services for seamless failover between carriers.

#3. Choose Geographic-Friendly Carriers: Select two carriers based on coverage and availability in your geographic area.

#4. Configure WAN Connection: Set up failover options like simple failover or Smart WAN Selection based on business and technical needs.

Real-world examples of network redundancy in action

Construction: For housebuilders with multiple sites, wireless branch continuity solutions offer instant failover protection during disruptions, ensuring uninterrupted services and maintaining projects stay on track.  

Vehicles: Transportation and logistics companies managing vehicle fleets, such as trucking companies and ocean freight, depend on dual-modem cellular routers for active connections to multiple carriers, guaranteeing always-on connectivity during critical missions.

Choosing the right failover solution: Key questions to ask

Before settling on a failover solution, enterprises should consider these key questions:

#1. Automatic Failover: Does the solution provide automatic failover to maintain seamless operations?

#2. Reliability and Security: Is the backup link reliable and secure, especially compared to wired connections?

#3. Deployment and Management: Is the solution easy to deploy and manage, allowing IT teams to focus on strategic tasks?

#4. Network Visibility: Does the solution provide comprehensive network visibility, reducing the risk of downtime through continuous monitoring?

A resilient future with network redundancy and failover

In a world where connectivity is paramount, network redundancy and failover emerge as indispensable tools for enterprises striving to ensure business continuity. By understanding their significance and implementing them strategically, businesses can navigate the challenges of network disruptions and embark on a resilient path toward seamless operations.

Ensuring business continuity: The importance of network redundancy and failover
Ensuring business continuity: The importance of network redundancy and failover
Ensuring business continuity: The importance of network redundancy and failover

About UK Connect

Established in January 2013, UKConnect has become the UK's leading advanced wireless connectivity solutionsprovider, predominantly serving the construction industry. The company hasconnected over 5,500 sites globally with its advanced Wireless 5GFWA, PrivateCellular Networks and LeoSat Solutions. UK Connect's success is built on afoundation of a Connectivity guarantee, 10 years of dependability, proactive24/7 Support and the utilisation of Cutting-edge Technology. Discover how ourcomprehensive Connectivity solutions can elevate your business at www.ukconnect.com.

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