In an increasingly connected world, having wireless failover solutions in place is key to the success of modern business.
This is the opinion of Bill Molesworth, vice-president of wireless services at OrbComm, who has discussed the issue for RCR Wireless News.
He claimed there are three key advantages of having a failover solution in place. The first of these is that a wireless failover solution is able to instantly react to a network outage and ensure connectivity is maintained. This minimises any potential financial disruption and also reduces the chances of security breaches occurring during an outage.
Mr Molesworth went on to add that a good failover solution should be able to seamlessly integrate with existing security infrastructure, ensuring a "business-as-usual environment" can be maintained and sensitive information protected even if a network goes down.
The final advantage the industry expert discussed is that wireless failover solutions tend to be cost-effective and easy to manage. He said this is particularly useful for businesses with limited IT resources, providing benefits such as quick time to deployment, as well as remote management and monitoring.
Mr Molesworth stated: "We live in a connected world with expectations of 100 per cent uptime from business owners, employees and customers. Nevertheless, wires do fail.
"Regardless of the type of disruption … the inability to communicate in real time hurts operations, sales and profitability. Reliable network connectivity is essential to business continuity. Having a safeguard for a primary connection in place, such as a LTE wireless failover solution, is essential."
The cost of network downtime
Gartner research has put the cost of network downtime at $5,600 (£4,198) per minute, equating to more than $300,000 per hour. As the business world becomes increasingly technology-dependent, the impact of an outage is only likely to increase. This means having effective fail-safes in place is vital.
The impact of network outages can be wide-reaching, ranging from increasing security risks to damaging a brand's reputation with its customer base.
According to research from internet service provider Beaming, 72 per cent of UK businesses suffered up to eight internet outages in 2015, with average total downtime of 43 hours. Some £12.3 billion may have been lost as a result of these incidents.
Beaming managing director Sonia Blizzard stated: "All businesses that use the internet should have a plan to ensure connectivity is restored quickly and that any disruption is minimised. The quality, reliability and consistency of service and the availability of technical support should be as important to business buyers as speed of service."
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