In this video we show you how your organization can design and install a back-up Internet solution for a very reasonable budget – and in a reasonable amount of time.
If you own or operate a small organization (5-20 users) and your staff depends on Internet for mission critical applications, you should consider installing a back-up or redundant internet service provider.
All service providers suffer outages from time to time. What is your organization to do if it loses internet services? After all, a smart phone can’t replace system wide internet access.
For years now, RAM has helped its clients utilize the best of two technologies: T1 and cable Internet services.
Some folks are quick to point out T1 is much slower than cable internet. While this is true, T1 is also the most reliable means of connectivity. Additionally, T1 providers are required by the FCC to respond to and repair a service outage in the same business day.
Cable Internet, while extremely fast and affordable, can’t compete with T1 for reliability.
The good news is both services are more affordable than ever before. Installing a T1 and cable internet provide your organization the best of both worlds: stability and speed.
Making it All Work Together: Your Firewall
In order to make this back-up scenario work, you need to purchase a business-grade firewall. Luckily, there are many manufacturers and models to choose from.
Our clients have invested in Meraki, Cisco, Sonic Wall and Watchguard devices to name a few.
Regardless of who you choose, your device needs the following capabilities on your firewall device:
- two Ethernet ports to handle two simultaneous internet connections.
- a fail over mechanism (designed to send traffic to the surviving internet service)
- load balancing – to assign specific tasks to each device