In today’s world, businesses rely on data connections more than ever. The recent add-on of remote workers has shined an even greater light on how important data connections can be. So why rely on one connection? Backup connections can save your business from an unforeseen outage. There are many options out there when it comes to backup connectivity and even more reasons to have them.
Why do I need a backup connection?
Today, everything seems to route back to the internet- from your phones, computers, security cameras, and even thermostats, to name a few. When that connection is broken, it can have significant impacts on your day to day operations. Even if you do not have an outage, a slow down in your internet speed or loss of packets can cause call quality issues or even stop your credit card transactions from going through.
Backup Internet Connection
This can be as simple or complex as your organization needs. You may choose simply to add a secondary circuit through another provider to work as a fail-over or to load balance traffic. For instance, you may have a fiber circuit as your primary provider and a cable internet connection as a secondary. The key here is to ensure the providers come in through different infrastructure to your site.
Adding SD-WAN into the mix can offer greater versatility by allowing you to redirect traffic through a cloud provided interface to the connection of your choice. This can be great in the instance that you have a loss of a facility or are unable to make it to the office. With SD-WAN, you can redirect traffic to the connection of your choosing.
An LTE connection can be another great option for companies. With this solution, you move away from wired infrastructure and rely on a cellular connection. Most wireless providers offer options to install an LTE modem/router onsite that can work in a fail-over situation. Additionally, with this method, you can take the device with you, doubling as a mobile internet connection to use anywhere you have cellular signal. This solution does have a couple of caveats:
- The connection will most likely not be as fast as a wired option and will have higher latency. This is primarily a backup solution and should not be considered for a primary connection.
- While typically a low-cost option, you will typically fall under data caps. If transferring large files is a necessity, this solution may not be the best option.
Which options are right for me?
This can come down to several factors, such as price, availability, and business needs. It is important to evaluate each option for yourself and determine what works best in your situation. Don’t feel the need to pick just one; in many cases, all three may be a great solution. Most importantly, don’t wait until you need a back-up connection; stay ahead of the curve. The question should not be “do I need a back-up connection” but “when will I need a back-up connection.”