What are the benefits of having a second business broadband connection?
Businesses are doing more online than ever before. With advancements in technology and the adoption of the cloud, this is only going to increase. For most, a single connection to the internet is critical to the day to day operations of their business. But what happens if this connection fails?
Yes, a reliable business broadband connection is crucial. But with only one broadband line, businesses are exposed if that line experiences any downtime. Should this happen with no contingency plan in place, it can result in financial and productivity loss alongside a drop in customer experience. This is why having a second broadband connection is crucial for business continuity.
Why is it important to have a second broadband connection?
From daily internet connectivity, Online calls, Zoom meetings, Cloud backups, Stock management, CCTV and Security. What would the cost be to your business should you lose these functions, even for an hour? Our guess is it will be more than the annual cost of a second broadband connection.
The main reason to have a second broadband connection is as a failsafe should your primary connection stop working. Think of this like an insurance policy. And with the advancements in technology, the switch between your primary and backup connections can happen in a matter of seconds.
While this is absolute best practice for business continuity, the second connection can be utilised for daily operations and not just lie dormant. Outlined below are a few tips and tricks your IT team can implement:
- Load balancing bandwidth between both connections to maximise value
- Isolate Primary business network from public (guest) networks
- Critical projects and operations can be run on an isolated connection
- Route critical traffic through the fastest connection
- Instantaneous failover between lines
- Automatic back-ups on a dedicated connection
By now we hope to have advised you on the advantages of having a second broadband connection.
The secondary connection should be the same bandwidth as your primary. If your business uses 100Mbps on its primary connection each day, the secondary service must be 100Mbps. Otherwise it will create a bottleneck when you need it most.
For Example: Imagine the M50 with 3 lanes of traffic. This is your primary connection of 100Mbps. If your secondary connection is only 30Mbps, when you need it, it is comparable to the M50 going down to just a single lane of traffic. It creates a bottleneck and slows everything down, not allowing you to flow at full capacity. Whereas a secondary connection of 100Mbps will keep everything flowing without any loss in productivity.