Internet redundancy, or network redundancy, is defined by techopedia.com as, "a process through which additional or alternate instances of network devices, equipment and communication mediums are installed within network infrastructure." The purpose of internet redundancy is to ensure that there would be network availability in the case of a failure in the original network. It's a backup mechanism that allows you to swap your operations onto another infrastructure if there is a network outage. In this article, we'll discuss some of the possible risks of not having internet redundancy for your business to give you a better idea of why you should consider implementing it today. If you think you may be interested in implementing internet redundancy for your business contact us today! We will walk you through the entire process.
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This is the most significant risk of not having internet redundancy. When your network is down it means that production is slowed down dramatically, and for some businesses, this means that production will be stopped entirely. Itworldcanada puts it simply in this article when they state, "Your business can't run without the internet. And it's not just about serving customers - it's about keeping your business running. Every day, organizations increase their dependence on the internet and IT services to complete nearly all business functions." By having internet redundancy, you greatly decrease the chance of having business downtime, which can prove to be costly for both you and your customers. Ask yourself how big your business needs to be before a redundancy line becomes a must - one serious downtime will probably answer the question for you!
2. Loss of Production
Some businesses risk losing production or information when there is an interruption or outage in their networking, but having internet redundancy can help to avoid these costly losses. For example, many companies choose to have their computers back up all the data from the previous day to an off-site data backup location upon closing. For more information on this topic check out our "Prevent Data Loss with Internet Redundancy" article which you can find here.
3. Financial Cost
Money is what keeps a business going, so every dollar counts. When a network fails the financial cost can pile up quicker than most would think. Firstly, in most cases you'll lose production hours from your workers, which means you are paying a salary while no work is able to be completed. As meganet.net puts it in their article "Should Your Business Have A Backup Internet Connection?", "If your business loses the Internet and employees can’t properly perform their jobs... your company starts losing revenue". This is only one of the possible areas where you'll see a loss of revenue. The cost of repairing and restoring a network can also add up much quicker than most think, and there's also the chance that you'll lose current or potential customers because of your downtime. All of these losses can add up rather quickly making a lack of internet redundancy a huge risk for your business.
4. Coming Across as Unprofessional
One of the risks you come across when your network is down is that a current customer or potential customer is unable to contact you via email, or any other method requiring an internet connection. Not only could this be frustrating for a customer, but as mentioned before it could mean the potential loss of revenue from new customers if they're unable to reach you. If your lack of internet redundancy effects the product or services you deliver for current customers it could also lead to bad reviews and customers who will want to discontinue using your services. In infotech's article, "What's Downtime Really Costing You?" they claim, "Issues like bounced e-mails, constant delays from virus infections, and lost sales orders look unprofessional. The end result is that some clients may leave and new clients may avoid your business under the assumption that these I.T. issues are indicative of how the rest of your business operates (specifically the parts that deliver your product)".
As you can see, by not having internet or network redundancy you're taking a real risk. We would recommend that all businesses implement redundancy into their essential services and devices because businesses tend to rely on the internet to at least a minimal degree and usually much more than that. Here at Packetworks, we can provide a fast and stable primary/secondary internet connection in order to prevent the loss of any productivity or data. Prices vary depending on requirements. Click here to contact us today if you have any questions or are interested in implementing redundancy into your networking.