The Importance of Fail-Over / Backup Data Connections

Businesses are relying on data connections more than ever before, for everything from communications to product sourcing to cloud storage, but with such a heavy reliance on the internet it is important that should the worst happen and the data connection is lost, a fail over system is in place, and more importantly that the transition between a main connection and a backup connection is as smooth as possible.

Manual Fail-over

Manual Fail-over is the most common type of backup connection (mostly used with EFM circuits), it works by having a secondary router installed into the premises, and when a loss in connection is detected the backup router is connected into the LAN switch. Manual fail-over is more common as it is the cheaper option of the two.

Auto Fail-over

Auto fail-over is the very best kind of backup system to have in place, it allows for the transition between mainline and backup line to be as seamless as possible. Auto Fail-over is most commonly used with Leased Line EOF connections (Ethernet Over Fibre). Auto Fail-over works by having the Ethernet router automatically switch over to the backup router the moment the connection is lost, meaning that you might not even notice that you lost connection!

Fail-over connection options

The most common back up connection to have installed in a business is a standardbusiness broadband connection, this is because it is the most cost effective solution and as a backup line is -hopefully- not used that much it allows businesses to have the reassurance of having a plan B without that plan B costing the earth.

However there are other options available for a backup connection. If you are a business that relies quite heavily on a data connection and you have an EOF (Leased Line) connection, then having a basic broadband service may not be enough to keep your business running, if this is the case then an EFM backup line can be installed, an EFM circuit removes the contention associated with a business broadband service meaning that very data reliant businesses can keep running at only a moderately reduced level. And there is always Satellite Broadband or 3G and 4G options where available..

Who can benefit from a backup data connection?

Well the answer is that any business can benefit from a backup line, data outages whilst not too common, do occur and it is always a wise decision to have a plan B for when it does occur. More specifically we strongly recommend a backup connection for businesses that are data reliant and that use Leased Line connections such as EFM or EOF, and we also recommend it to any businesses that make use of Hosted cloud based services such as SharePoint, Lync or Exchange as not having access to these services can potentially prevent a business from functioning.