Does your organization have a robust second connection to the Internet? Today it’s more important than ever.
You know your organization uses the Internet in its work constantly. Even internal applications are increasingly accessed across the Internet, from project management sites to outsourced email to constituent management systems.
The Internet connection has become just as important for applications that run on-premise. Home users, travelers, and branch offices all depend on reliable access to in-house systems, and they want 24/7 availability. That depends on a solid Internet connection.
The clear way to get a reliable Internet connection is redundancy. Like a disc array for storage, or a UPS for power, clients need an always-on backup for Internet connectivity. Each major office should have two Internet links, configured so that one will automatically cover for the other. Within CGNET’s experience we have many examples:
- At CGNET’s in?house data center, an underground fiber optic cable is our primary link, while a wireless link from our roof goes to a second Internet provider.
- A local client uses one Internet provider over two distinct lines, connecting to two different points in the provider’s network.
- A research station in Africa has a particularly challenging environment. It uses a microwave link to a local Internet provider, with a satellite link to an international provider.
- Small offices in the U.S. employ both a cable link and a DSL link.