Traditionally, a failover internet connection has been used by companies of all sizes, and even by individuals, to make sure they can keep their connection in the case of an outage on their main line. With the Internet playing such an important, and sometimes crucial, part in modern business operations, it is essential to make sure a backup exists. Despite the increased popularity of a backup in the form of failover internet, some businesses still choose not to have a backup connection. The reason is usually the cost. This makes exploring cost-effective alternatives to failover internet a worthwhile pursuit.

When the importance of the internet to some industries is considered, it is remarkable that alternatives to failover have not already been explored. There are industries and individual companies that would implode if any data was lost due to a disturbance in their internet connection. Constant uptime is so essential to continued business operations; it is boggling that any business would consider taking the chance of not having a backup. If a company could not operate for even a day without internet access, it must invest in some backup connection to ensure its continued health and success.

Common Mistakes with Failover Internet Connections

Any backup to the primary connection is referred to as failover internet. However, not every backup connection uses traditional internet wiring that goes into a building. The most common method of utilizing a failover method is to have two or more independent connections coming into the building. Often, companies use several connections from the same company. This is fine until the entire company in the business’s area experiences an outage, and none of the incoming connections work.

Including one or more extra connections by different companies is a slightly better solution, but it gets expensive. It also won’t help if there is a disruption to the power at these companies, such as in a strong storm or another natural disaster. If a company’s building has a generator that will keep the power on, it needs to be sure it can keep its internet on, too.

The Best Alternatives to Traditional Failover Connections

The best solution is referred to as redundancy. This means hedging a company’s bets by keeping several different internet connections available to them, using a variety of different methods beyond the traditional line into the building. Including two or more alternative connection methods in addition to the primary connection, the method is the best solution for most businesses.

Some of the best cost-effective alternatives to traditional “cable in” failover internet include:

Satellite Internet–When the fiber cable internet connection coming into a building goes out, satellite internet can pick up the slack. Because it relies on signals from satellites orbiting the planet, like satellite cable TV, satellite will be there for a company if the cable internet goes out because of construction, car accidents, and other cable-disrupting events nearby. It has the added benefit of being inexpensive. Its only drawbacks are that connection times are often slow, and storms can interfere with the satellite connection. However, that is what redundancy is for, and why an alternative to the alternative is essential to have on hand.

The Cloud–While this might not keep a company traditionally online if the primary internet source goes out, it will allow crucial data to be automatically saved and accessed as needed in those situations. As long as certain data remains accessible, much of the operations of a business can still go on. Having a connection to the cloud is a standard part of many internet packages these days. If it isn’t part of what a company already has, getting a subscription to a cloud-based computing company is an excellent backup to the backup in a redundancy package.

Wireless Internet–Wireless internet, or “wi-fi” is an excellent backup connection for most small to medium-sized companies. It works just as well as “cable in” internet, and the connection times are often better than traditional cable internet. It is inexpensive, as well. It’s only drawback is that it tends not to be as secure as a cable internet connection, which is why it should only be used as a backup with most companies. Still, if having a connection is invaluable to business operations (and it usually is), then having wireless as a backup is a wise investment.

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Important Things to Remember

When setting up backup internet connections, it is essential to have the company that is doing the setup make it so that the backups come on automatically in order of preference in the event of an outage of the main internet. This way, even if the main internet connection is lost, along with one or two backups, the other backups will continue to kick in without any downtime for a company automatically.

Ideally, employees and executives will never even notice there has been an outage on one or more of the connections, and no data will be lost. The more diverse a redundancy package is, the better chance that the best case scenarios will happen during internet outages. The good news is that there are a variety of inexpensive backup options available to make any redundancy package affordable.