6 key benefits of high availability solutions
There is a deep reliance on network connectivity for every business that makes the stakes higher than ever. When a network connection falters, the repercussions can be severe: preventing employees from conducting their work in cloud applications, or customers from using your website or online services.
Despite this, many organisations lack a foolproof lifeline for network outages, instead focusing on reducing the possibility of outages, and resolving them as quickly as possible. While this is always desirable, it pays to have both: the ability to prevent downtime, and the ability to work through it with minimal disruption. This is where high availability solutions come in – as evidenced by the six benefits outlined below.
Network uptime is optimised
High availability solutions form the bedrock of network uptime optimisation. These solutions guarantee that your network remains operational through thick and thin, preventing any hardware or software faults from impacting your connectivity. The result is that you can work without interruption, even when issues do occur.
By incorporating redundancy and fault-tolerant architecture, high availability solutions minimise the risk of network outages, ensuring that critical operations and services continue to run smoothly. The result? Enhanced productivity, customer satisfaction, and seamless service delivery—all essential for success in the modern business world.
Downtime risks are mitigated
Downtime is a formidable adversary. Without access to key files or services, downtime is capable of causing substantial financial losses, customer dissatisfaction, and reputational damage, as people’s frustration at being unable to access your services mounts. With high availability solutions, you have a means to circumvent many of the risks associated with network downtime.
Through the use of redundancy in critical network components, high availability solutions empower businesses to bypass costly interruptions, and maintain consistent operations. The use of redundant components also allows for more timely maintenance without worrying about the effects on network accessibility. This is a boon for the provider, but also for clients – ensuring infrastructure is kept secure and up-to-date without disrupting your day-to-day work.
Critical connections are more resilient
In an interconnected world, network disruptions can trigger a cascade of problems. High availability solutions offer the resilience required to safeguard critical connections. By establishing alternative pathways and connections, high availability ensures that essential data and applications remain accessible even in the face of network failures.
This resilience is particularly invaluable for industries such as finance, healthcare, and emergency services, where even momentary disruptions can lead to severe consequences. High availability solutions provide a safety net to protect the integrity of these critical connections.
Carriers are more diverse
With businesses increasingly relying on multiple carriers for network connectivity, high availability solutions can provide you with carrier diversity discovery—a feature designed to prevent over-reliance on a single service provider.
By diversifying carriers, companies reduce the risk of complete network outages resulting from issues with a specific carrier. High availability solutions are capable of intelligently switching between carriers as outages occur, thereby ensuring that the network remains operational, and decreasing your dependency on a single point of failure.
High availability equipment pairing
High availability doesn’t just refer to network architecture, but also the equipment that powers it. Businesses can benefit from what’s known as high availability equipment pairing—a strategy that involves maintaining duplicate hardware and equipment as backups.
In the event of hardware failure, the system can automatically switch to the backup equipment, thereby minimising downtime. This high level of equipment redundancy guarantees that your network continues to operate even when individual components face issues, all but eliminating hardware-related downtime.
Automatic failover configurations
One of the paramount advantages of high availability solutions is the incorporation of automatic failover configurations. These configurations are engineered to detect network issues on the fly, and automatically reroute traffic or transition to redundant components.
While human monitoring remains a key part of high availability solutions, this substantially reduces the need for manual intervention, enabling businesses to respond swiftly and efficiently to network failures. As a result, downtime is further minimised, and your network services remain intact.
High availability solutions are one of the most transformative IT managed services a business can employ. They offer a multitude of benefits, including network uptime optimisation, downtime risk mitigation, critical connection resilience, carrier diversity discovery, high availability equipment pairing, and automatic failover configurations.
By working with Sota, you can achieve the highest levels of uptime with our managed network equipment, optimised for high availability. Experience zero downtime from switch, router, or firewall outages with our automatic failover configurations, which pair critical primary network hardware with redundant secondary equipment. To learn more about this or our other services, contact our team today.