When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Diversified
Threats to data networks are increasing in frequency and come in all shapes and sizes, from intentional cyberattacks to natural disasters and human-caused events.
A backhoe accidentally chopping through a fiber trunk happens more often than you think and can impact an organization with the same ferocity as an outage caused by a fire or flood.
Toward that end, many businesses are installing secondary connections as an insurance policy to provide continuity in the event of a disruption to the primary services provider.
Having multiple independent fiber connections delivers true network diversity that ultimately protects a company’s productivity, revenue generating capabilities, and operations.
Wave Business provides mission-critical, high-speed fiber infrastructure solutions that are designed to keep a business up and running in the face of any disaster.
Network Redundancy Vs Network Diversity
But it’s easy to confuse network redundancy with network diversity.
A secondary connection running through the same entry point or conduit as the primary service is not network diversity, as a single event can disable both connections.
Network redundancy refers to the duplication of IT assets; having multiple means to connect to the same hosting site, and/or back-up equipment in place should a piece of active hardware fail.
This applies to:
- Internet Connectivity
- Switching Equipment
- Trunks And Data Lines
- Service Providers
For example, a business may have both hardwired and wireless connections to the data center, primary and secondary fiber pathways between locations, and perhaps even an entire parallel network instance on standby.
Redundancy creates a safety net for the enterprise. In the event something were to happen to the primary network, services could continue uninterrupted using backup equipment and/or connections in most instances.
Network diversity takes the concept of redundancy to the next level. It’s about having multiple independent connections to route data and communications between all networked locations without sharing common cable pathways, equipment, and entry points.
A truly diverse network will offer some or all of the following:
- Cable Path Diversity: Separate runs of CAT 5, 6, and 7 and/or fiber optic cables enter the building using a different conduit than the primary provider.
- Service Provider Diversity: Separate companies are responsible for maintaining distinct internet connections.
- Data Center Diversity: Identical data streams are routed to data centers in different physical locations for duplicate processing and storage.
- Equipment Diversity: Switches and hardware for the secondary connection are housed in a separate closet or even another building from the primary provider.
- Riser Diversity: Secondary fiber lines and cables running inside the building are not in the same duct as the primary provider.
Wave Business presents a range of solutions to help minimize business disruptions in the event of a failure to the primary—or secondary—connectivity provider.
We’re comfortable in any role.
Our fiber-rich network offers an alternate high-speed fiber path to protect against loss of data or connectivity to keep your business up and running if one network becomes compromised for any reason.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes to begin the search and develop a relationship with an alternate service provider. By then it’s too late.
Ensure business continuity by starting the conversation with Wave Business today.
Together with our sister companies (RCN Business and Grande Business), we are a top-tier national fiber solutions provider delivering mission-critical connectivity solutions to businesses of every size in eight of the top 10 U.S. metropolitan markets.
Wave Business has the ability to connect to dozens of data centers and cloud service provider networks from coast-to-coast.
But chances are, if you engage us, we’ll likely have to build some new infrastructure to support your diversity needs.
Isn’t that exactly what you want, an independent parallel fiber network built to the latest standards?
This is the time to think about network diversity and how your IT environment can be connected to and protected by diverse fiber paths at all times and against all threats.
If you would like to learn more about the differences between redundancy and diversity, the various benefits of a diversified network strategy, and why your business should consider partnering with Wave Business as either your primary or secondary ISP, we invite you to download our white paper, The Value of Network Diversity.