Is Your Internet Backed Up?
These days, having a reliable internet connection is vital to the success of your business. It’s important to have a backup plan in place to ensure your business runs smoothly during an internet disruption. Connecting your network to a failover device will mitigate downtime caused by human error or natural disaster. Having properly set up and managed failover systems in place ensures your business continues to function without interruptions caused by unexpected outages.
What is a Failover System?
A failover (fail-over) system is a device, or group of devices, that automatically and seamlessly switches over network operations to a secondary, reliable backup. This switch happens when all, or some of, your main network fails or becomes temporarily offline. Failover systems can provide complete redundancy to ensure your business stays online and fully operational when primary systems are compromised.
How Failover Systems Benefit Businesses
Having a reliable failover system in place for critical components of your business’s technology should greatly reduce any major downtime that would result from service outages or failures. If your main internet connection fails and your business does not have a failover system in place for it, systems that rely on the internet would no longer function. With a failover system connected to a backup internet connection (cellular data, for example), users would still be able to communicate with customers via email, run credit cards, and perform other operations that require an active internet connection.
Prevent Loss of Revenue
If a vital business function, say your credit card terminals or other payment processing system, is compromised for an extended period of time, then your business will likely see its profitability come to a halt. Aside from the revenue loss during that outage, your business may suffer from repeat business because your customers had a sub-par experience. This can have an even worse effect if unsatisfied customers share their experience via online reviews or social media.
Having failover systems in place can prevent situations like this from happening and provide an extra layer of defense, ensuring your business runs efficiently and its profitability isn’t hindered by technological failures.