Here’s the situation:
As an Internet or Managed Service Provider, your network is facing countless risks that threaten its operational stability.
After all, your network is a complicated entity with thousands of endpoints and links. Downtime can stem from many different causes. It can arise from something as simple as a configuration error, which we explained in a recent blog post, or a critical failure in a climate control device like an air conditioning unit, causing your communications equipment to overheat and shut down. Other common causes of downtime are cyberattacks (like DoS attacks), and failed patches and updates.
We’re also in the thick of hurricane season, and so businesses in coastal areas need to be on full alert for storms that can lead to power and connectivity loss. The NOAA predicts a near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, and an above-normal hurricane season for the Central Pacific region.
Impact: You could lose everything
A network outage can wreak havoc on your business, bringing communications to a standstill for days or weeks at a time and crippling everything from point of sales systems to customer service.
Most businesses today can’t last very long without connectivity. Recovery can be a brutal process, and so financially devastating that many companies wind up going out of business shortly after an unexpected crash.
Consider this: If you can’t help your customers, your competitors will be able to—and they’ll be ready and waiting if they get word that your company is out of commission.
Resolution: You need reliable business continuity
Business continuity refers to a company’s ability to remain up and running during a service interruption. Your company can eliminate the threat of network downtime by implementing a system to guarantees seamless network failover when connectivity is lost or interrupted.
Think of business continuity like a network insurance policy. The idea operating without insurance would seem ridiculous. So why would you take a risk with your network, which is the most important asset in your company?
It’s time to ask yourself whether your company doing everything possible to ensure seamless failover and prompt disaster recovery.
Now that we’ve outlined the threat, it’s time to make a decision about how you want to proceed.
Here are your choices:
A. Disregard our warning, and move forward without business continuity protection.
If you choose this option, then you accept the fact that you are going against the odds, and you are prepared to handle the fallout. You understand that it’s not a matter of if, but when, your network will experience lengthy outage. You’re prepared to absorb the costs from lost revenue, productivity, and data loss, and respond to angry customers, business partner and shareholders.
B. Bank on your existing business continuity solution, like 4G LTE failover or cloud backup.
If you choose to go this route, then you are 100 percent confident that your current backup system is in proper working order and is capable of turning on within one second of a network interruption. You’re also confident that your business continuity solution is capable of matching your current network performance, so that your business can operate as usual until the outage is repaired. You’re also happy dealing with multiple communications vendors.
C. Tackle the problem head on and invest in SD-WAN.
Your third option is to eliminate the threat of network downtime entirely, before it even comes close to impacting your operations. By investing in software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), you will leverage the most advanced and reliable technology on the market and guarantee fast and reliable connectivity no matter what. At the same time, you’ll show your team that you mean business about protecting your company’s network and maintaining uptime.
How Multapplied’s SD-WAN can help
SD-WAN involves decoupling networking hardware from its control mechanism, enabling total control over a global wide area network from a single location.
Multapplied (MNI) offers a white label SD-WAN solution built specifically for Service Providers that can serve as primary and backup connectivity. MNI prevents network downtime by offering premium network tunnel quality, fortified with multiple encryption ciphers, packet-level link balancing, and real-time traffic authentication.
MNI also enables Service Providers to aggregate multiple circuits, regardless of carrier or type of connection. With MNI, Service Providers can establish full network redundancy, and full network visibility. At the same time, MNI uses packet-based load balancing to distribute data across all circuits in a tunnel. So if one connection is impacted, the system will automatically remove packets from the tunnel and reroute them within just 300 milliseconds.
MNI offers a simple, consolidated, and guaranteed approach to business continuity. You would certainly be hard-pressed to find a more cost-effective solution on the market, when considering MNI’s unique and flexible pricing model. Make the right choice, and contact MNI today.