3 Things to Consider When Deploying a Failover Solution

Allison Thornton

Businesses today are increasingly reliant on network availability to access mission-critical, cloud-based data to execute day-to-day operations that are integral to the health of the organization. Lightyears away from the days of handwritten medical records or POTS-supported point-of-sale systems – there is no question that fast, reliable Internet access is a requirement for the modern enterprise.

This dependency on continuous network connectivity cannot be understated. As estimated by Gartner, every hour of Internet downtime can cost businesses up to $300,000. This is especially troublesome due to the fact that the causes of network interruptions are highly unpredictable, and include:

  • Natural disasters
  • Cyber security hacks
  • Road work and construction mistakes

It is for this reason that IT professionals at start-ups and Fortune 500’s alike consider the implementation of a failover solution to be a top priority - protecting against lost revenue, failure of internal and customer-facing communication, and inability to access important cloud-based data.

Now that we have established why companies must put a failover solution into place, the question stands – what type of solution will deliver the greatest value and ROI? Traditionally, the only options were to increase network availability by upgrading to a T1 line, or by adding network redundancy with the implementation of a secondary wired line. As cellular technologies continue to advance with the emerging standard of high-speed 4G LTE, a third choice is now on the table: 4G LTE wireless failover.

As with any major technology decision, there are many granular details that must be identified and analyzed. With that said, there are three key factors that prove 4G LTE wireless is superior to traditional failover solutions:  

  1. Availability and Reliability

All wired solutions – whether it be installation of a T1 line, DSL, Ethernet, or cable – are geographically limited and are not available in all locations, especially if the deployment is in a remote or rural area. Companies must also consider the fact that most wired-line providers guarantee only 99.5% uptime which equates to approximately 3.6 hours of downtime per month. Although T1 lines promise 99.99% up-time, they are often insufficient in supporting the huge amount of bandwidth required by many of today’s applications. Building on these points, most wired-line providers share the same wiring centers as local phone and cable companies. This means that if one hard-wired connection fails, there is a high probability the secondary connection will fail as well. Once a landline failure occurs, repairs can take weeks or even months to complete.

Wireless solutions, on the other hand, offer ubiquitous coverage. They are also far less susceptible to many of the events that may cause a landline outage resulting in 99.99% up-time. Although rare, if a cellular outage does occur, the issues are generally corrected in a matter of minutes or hours.

  1. Ease of Implementation and Management

Fixed line providers vary widely by region, and often times the primary provider in one area may not even exist in another. When rolling out a multi-location failover solution, this is a critical factor for consideration as companies will have to manage different contracts, invoices, and support lines for each provider they engage with. Once a provider is selected and a contract is signed, businesses must then wait for the installation to take place. With DSL lines taking up to a month to implement, some other wired solutions, such as T1 lines, can take even longer averaging 1-2 months.

On the flip side of things, when working through a wireless provider, most (if not all) locations can be connected with one provider, one contract, one invoice, and one support line. In addition, wireless solutions take only a few business days to get up and running.

  1. Cost

Installing a redundant wired line in a multi-location roll out is not only cost-prohibitive to a company looking to implement a failover solution, but could also prove to be disruptive to daily operations. And, as mentioned earlier, the secondary wired line is still susceptible to the same threats as the primary wired line.

With T1 lines offering much greater resilience, costs can range up to $400 per month and still may not provide the bandwidth required by the business.

Wireless failover solutions operate at a just a fraction of the monthly cost of both traditional wired line and T1 services, with monthly data costs averaging around $20. With most providers offering both CAPEX and OPEX models, businesses are provided with flexibility when deciding how to finance the upfront costs of equipment.

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