What’s Your Redundancy Plan?

A set of databases as concept for redundancy and data distribution

By: Greg Romeo  |  TrueChoice Solutions Specialist

Importance of Redundancy You Ask?

Today’s networks are high-tech and running at high speed. Common to most Wide Area Network (WAN) configurations is the need for a backup to take over in case of any type of failure to your main link, data provider area outage or natural disaster.

Which brings up the need for expert help at times to discuss business operations continuity.

Network Monitoring – your network monitoring solution should help you become aware of a main link failure. Using technologies such as a third-party provider gives ability to continuously monitor your uptime and be alerted when there is a change in any device, link or solution.

Disaster Recovery Plan – a plan should be in place, and if not, added immediately. This plan should outline the Business Continuity Planning and Incident Response Planning as an overview approach to your business operations. How the business will continue to operate, as well as who will react to the problem and follow it through until normal operations are restored.

Network redundancy is a simple concept to understand. If you have a single point of failure and it fails, then you have nothing to rely on. If you put in a secondary method of access, then when the main connection goes down, you will have a way to connect to resources and keep the business operational.

The first step in creating network redundancy (particularly in the WAN), is to set up a plan that will allow you to scrutinize the current architecture/infrastructure, plan for a way to make it redundant, plan for a way to deploy it and then set up a way to test it. Nothing should be thought of as ‘complete’ until you have tested everything for operational success.

Your final step will be putting in a policy and processes that allow you to monitor it and be alerted when things do fail so you can take action.

Commonly a company’s security policy, disaster recovery plan, business continuity plan and/or incident response plan will leave room for this type of solution.

Testing, however, is the key to your success. This is not a ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ design. The main data port failing means that the backup should take over automatically if that is how you designed it. There can be one of multiple issues that may not be self-repairable or resolvable without interaction, so if not set automatically, you will need an incident response plan to account for it. You should also have a follow-up procedure regardless of automatic or manual. This means, when implementing redundancy into your systems or network, you need to take action immediately regardless, even if your operations continue to take place to verify that everything did go as planned.

This is why experts state you should work with a third-party provider that enables you to have real-time monitoring across your network.

Potentially some providers will also provide bundled services that will offer redundancy options along with a managed network, managed Wi-Fi with secured options as well as guest logins, and the ability to provide different cloud based options to keep your Company live through unique redundancy options that enterprise sized Organizations utilize that most under 150 employee based Companies do not know are available to them!

Analysis is critical to building a good redundancy plan.

Almost every network created is unique in some way, and that is why you want to establish a relationship with a solutions expert that will perform a business analysis for free that can also provide you a comparison of services available to you in your business footprint along with best redundancy options available.

For more information on redundancy plans or conducting a network analysis, please contact TrueChoice Telecom at 888.249.9755. 


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