It’s impossible for a broadband internet connection to deliver 100 percent uptime. Lost connectivity can be caused by a wide range of issues, including bad weather, construction, an auto accident that knocks out a telephone pole, or a glitch with your Internet service provider. But users across your organization don’t want to hear that when they can’t quickly access the applications and data they need. And don’t even think about using that excuse with your customers when dropped calls or poor quality video conferencing quality make clear communications impossible.
Organizations that depend upon broadband to support point-of-sale applications, cloud-based services and other critical business solutions must have reliable, 24×7 connectivity. Otherwise, retail locations, warehouses, remote branches and users won’t be able to communicate with the corporate data center or each other. They end up losing productivity, revenue, and the confidence and loyalty of their customers.
Organizations need to be prepared for downtime across their WAN when they inevitably lose their broadband Internet connection or other wired service. In fact, even the most reliable multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) service isn’t immune to outages and such dedicated connections are typically cost-prohibitive for remote locations.
Organizations will often implement two separate broadband connections to protect against a possible service provider outage. However, this doesn’t always provide true redundancy. Many buildings have a single point of entry for communication cables, so the actual conduit itself is a single point of failure. It’s often necessary to use different technologies for primary and backup connectivity in order to ensure maximum availability.
A business continuity network that combines different connectivity options – wired Ethernet and 4G/LTE wireless – will ensure that your organization has 100 percent network availability as well as the bandwidth and performance that are critical to business operations.
The InSpeed software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solution enables you to create a business continuity network that combines cost-efficient Broadband Internet with highly reliable wireless connectivity. Because data can use multiple independent pathways and alternate routes to reach its destination, this environment eliminates the possibility of a single point of failure and provides users with greater reliability, flexibility and versatility. The InSpeed SD-WAN ensures security by encrypting data from end to end.
But a business continuity network isn’t enough — you also need automated failover capabilities. The InSpeed Quality Service (IQS) solution continually monitors the WAN and automatically fails over to 4G/LTE wireless when broadband Internet connectivity is lost, allowing for seamless business continuity. The switchover is so fast that voice calls won’t get dropped, enabling you to maintain the highest levels of productivity and deliver the best possible customer experience. When the wired connection is restored and stabilized, InSpeed will detect it and automatically fail back to the broadband Internet service.
In addition to preventing a disruption to business operations, 4G/LTE wireless is faster to deploy, easier to manage and more reliable than wired failover solutions, and can be less expensive. 4G/LTE wireless may also provide the most reliable service in remote areas that have limited or slow Internet connectivity, or no connectivity at all.
Every wired Internet connection must have redundancy – a reliable backup plan – in order to avoid the potentially disastrous consequences of an outage. Let InSpeed show you how 4G/LTE wireless failover can protect your organization by delivering reliable and secure Internet connectivity.
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