Business Continuity – Failover Overview
No wired connection can deliver 100% uptime so the question isn’t whether your business will lose connectivity to the Internet, the question is how to protect your business from loss and disruption when it does happen.
When your Cable or DSL Internet service experiences a service disruption (in some areas this happens several times a month) your business is exposed to risks of lost revenue, productivity, and customer experience issues. Upgrading to a more robust wired connection such as T1 line is an option that comes with a significantly higher monthly cost, and it is still susceptible to outages and service disruptions such as construction related cable cuts, downed telephone lines, severe weather, etc.
Fortunately – there are practical, convenient, affordable ways to ensure your business is not disrupted due to a Cable, DSL, or T1 related outage
Businesses today are benefiting from the many advantages of virtualized and cloud based enterprise services. These benefits do however require a pervasive Internet connection – and businesses are looking at ways to meet this business requirement:
The need to be “always connected”
Mitigating the costs of lost revenue, customer experience issues and lost productivity
The need to balance costs and benefits without exposing your business to risk
Solution: 3G/4G failover
USAT solves the problem of lost Internet connectivity – automatically – with quick and easy deployable, low-cost solutions. Now businesses can maximize their Internet availability by bridging the inevitable gap with 3G/4G mobile broadband failover. Our solutions automatically detect access issues with wired line connections and provide 3G/4G network connectivity to avoid service interruptions.
Benefits: All the availability you need
3G/4G failover automatically provides the non-stop Internet access you need to conduct business efficiently and cost-effectively when your wired line goes down for any reason.
Main-office availability everywhere – Now, branch offices and retail locations can enjoy the high availability that used to be limited to larger operations.
Enterprise-class reliability for small business – The cost of T1 reliability is out of reach for many small businesses, but a small investment in failover to augment DSL or cable internet to the level of T1 coverage is not.
T1 to the next level – Enterprises that can tolerate no downtime, like banks, can use failover to stay up and running when a T1 line goes down.
Connected to the cloud – Maximize the benefits of cloud computing with less worry about losing your connection when you need it most.
3G/4G WIRELESS BROADBAND NETWORKS FOR RETAIL POS
Never saying no to a sale.
Why you need 3G / 4G connections to keep your retail business in business:
When a customer is standing at the point of sale prepared to make a purchase, the last thing a retailer wants to say (and the last thing the customer wants to hear) is “Sorry, the system is down; we can’t take credit cards right now.” Not being able to accept a credit card, just as a customer is all set to buy, is every retailer’s worst nightmare.
Challenge: The need for fast continuous connections
Cost/benefit balance – Affordable DSL and cable connections come at the price of several hours a month of downtime. T1 connections are better, but can be too costly for multiple stores.
Need for high performance – Sometimes wired connections can be up and running, yet low-performing, trying customers’ patience as they wait for transactions to go through.
Inventory control – Retailers need continuous Internet connectivity not just for credit card sales, but also to get up-to-date inventory and pricing information from data centers.
Solution: Failover and M2M
USAT addresses retailer needs for backup when a primary wired connection drops off or slows down. Quick and easy to deploy, USAT solutions for failover and M2M provide 3G / 4G network connectivity to avoid potentially disastrous service interruptions.
In action: Fast, reliable connectivity for a window coverings retailer
A leading North American retailer of window blinds and shades relies on a failover solution to provide continuous uptime for store transactions in the event of an outage of primary wired connections (T1, DSL or cable, depending on location).
Faster, better service – Once the solutions were implemented at store locations, the retailer noticed a 10-15% improvement in connection speed and reliability.
Simple deployment to multiple locations – The failover solution allows the retailer to save a single, simple configuration file to disk for easy and quick deployment to other units.
3G / 4G support – The retailer has been pleased with constant upgrading of firmware to support more 3G devices, and anticipates being able to take advantage of 4G with just a simple swap of modems as routers are 4G ready.