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The Difference Between True Failover Internet and Other "Backups"

The term failover internet (or redundancy) gets tossed around a lot these days. That is in large part to the ever growing dependency businesses have on the Internet in order to operate. As we rely more and more on the web, we realize how devastating it'd be to lose our constant connection with it. So, Internet providers offer backup plans, or a failover Internet plan, that's designed to keep end users connected, even if the main connection (DSL, Cable, etc.) fails.

Now, what would make your main connection fail? It could be numerous issues, such as power outages, road construction that knocks down a line, Mother Nature, and more). The failover link is a secondary connection that is supposed to kick in when the unexpected happens, so that end users can still send and receive data and maintain access to cloud-based software services.

But do all failover Internet backups automatically kick in?


What makes a backup Internet service a true backup?

While there are many "backup" services discussed these days, many of these services fail in one area: the manual switch. A true failover option - or redundancy - is a backup Internet service that automatically kicks in the moment your primary connection is off-line. By automatically, we're talking about a crossover that's imperceptible to the eye or end user. Many so-called backup plans on the market don't offer this feature. Sure, you have the option of adding a second connection, but in order to activate that connection, you have to make the switch yourself.

Why is this such a big deal? Because in today's day and age, seconds and minutes count. The amount of time it takes for you, your IT guy, or whomever you've designated as responsible for this task, to switch Internet connections during an outage could equal lost money, data, and customers. Online retailers can't afford even one moment offline. Industries that deal with sensitive material - such as financial institutions and hospitals - need to be constantly connected to preserve the integrity of their data. And businesses big and small are looking toward cloud-based applications to streamline their production flow. The slightest disconnection from these apps could disrupt the workday, and cause files and data to be lost or misplaced.

With 3G/4G/LTE as your backup, you're always connected

When installing a failover Internet connection, it's always important to use a connection that's different from your primary connection (so, if you use DSL as your primary connection, don't use it as your backup, or else you'll likely lose both connections during an outage).

By choosing a wireless 3G/4G/LTE connection as your backup, you can always be certain that you'll be connected. Most lost connections are the result of an accident or power outage, neither of which affect the connection of 3G/4G/LTE. At redPIPE, we provide ISPs the ability to offer wireless failover Internet service to end users, that's reliable, fast, and kicks in the moment the primary connection fails.

What any end user wants out of their backup connection is to never have to worry about it or even notice that it's there. What good is a backup plan if you have to kick it into action? redPIPE's 3G/4G/LTE backup Internet service is automatic, fast, and will keep end users connected, no matter what disaster or failure has occurred.

Before you jump into a commitment with a backup plan, be sure the secondary connection is automatic, and fast and reliable. A 3G/4G/LTE connection from redPIPE will offer you all of that, and more.

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