The powerful cost benefits of Software-defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) dominate conversations, so it’s easy to forget that impetus behind SD-WAN development was business continuity — Internet failover, to be specific.
Internet failover is just what it sounds like: When the primary Internet connection fails, experiences packet loss or latency spikes, SD-WAN technology switches traffic over to a secondary connection. At a time when your business is increasingly dependent upon Internet connections to access vital computing and communications infrastructure and applications, you can see why business continuity is critical. It’s not only essential to maintaining productivity, but also for the consistent delivery of service to your customers.
GeoLinks offers Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) wireless service as the recommended choice for Internet failover for most businesses using fiber or our own dedicated fixed wireless network.
Why Choose 4G LTE Failover?
4G LTE wireless is particularly advantageous as an Internet failover connection for several reasons, including:
- Diversity: 4G LTE wireless does not rely on last-mile wired connectivity and offers a completely diverse connection from a primary wireline connection.
- Speed: 4G LTE is the wireless equivalent to a physical line with speeds averaging 10-20Mbps, with download speeds in the U.S. approaching 30Mbps and in some areas nearing 45Mbps, according to January 2020 research from Open Signal.
- Responsiveness: 4G LTE wireless has both low latency and low idle-to-active times.
- Cost Efficiency: From a failover perspective, the cost benefits of 4G LTE are considerable when compared to additional wireline connections.
- Omnipresence: 94 percent of North American residents, and 98 percent of the U.S. population, in particular, have access to 4G LTE. The probability of 4G LTE reaching all of your business locations is very high, even in rural settings.
- Simplicity: Deploying 4G LTE as a backup is plug and play.
How Can 4G LTE Failover Help You?
Having a disaster recovery plan is essential to today’s businesses. Human-caused outages (construction accidents, cyberattacks, etc.) and natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires are on the rise. LTE-driven business continuity is a proven, affordable option for businesses of all sizes.
Here are the most critical use cases for SD-WAN with 4G LTE wireless:
Point of Sale (PoS): If your business is a retailer, restaurant, hospitality or entertainment business, processing electronic payments is the lifeblood of your business. If there’s a fiber cut, loss of power or any other disruption to your connection, 4G LTE can kick in so you can still accept credit cards or digital payments.
VoIP Calls: If your business is relying on data connections to carry voice calls (VoIP), then you need to ensure that those calls continue to stay connected with high clarity. With SD-WAN and 4G LTE Wireless as a failover option, you can continue to make calls if there’s a disruption. And, SD-WAN can enable primary and secondary circuits to be active at the same time, enabling calls to proceed uninterrupted (i.e., session persistence) even if one of the connections goes down. (Plus, SD-WAN offers quality of service controls to make sure you voice calls are high fidelity.)
At GeoLinks, we leverage a configuration that allows for destination-based failover to address these two mission-critical scenarios. As a Verizon Wireless Preferred Partner, GeoLinks offers a high-quality LTE connection via a commercial-grade machine-to-machine routers that plugs into our SD-WAN device at the customer location. Because VoIP and PoS systems are low bandwidth applications, GeoLinks is able to offer this solution for $49 per month without incurring data overages.
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