Resilient cloud connectivity – a customer case
The IT infrastructure is the Achilles’ heel of modern enterprises. As business operations have moved into the cloud, connectivity to data and applications has become key to an efficient, continuous and secure business. Of course, loss of that connectivity can have serious consequences.
Imagine a corporate site with fiber access becoming disconnected by a fiber break. With the complete site suddenly cut off from mission critical data, the impact can be tremendous. So, should this enterprise forget about trying to benefit from cloud-based hosting and services?
There is a cleverer solution and resilient infrastructures are key to it. However, if there is only one fiber duct, what other media can be used? Mobile networks are a very promising candidate, as modern mobile technologies provide high bandwidth and are ubiquitously available – this is especially true for industrial areas and business parks. Hence, a combination of fixed and mobile networks offers a way to connect enterprise sites with high levels of resilience. The picture below shows how the mobile network can be used as a backup path in case of any disturbance in the fixed network, such as one caused by a fiber break in the access line.
A combination of fixed and mobile networks offers a way to connect enterprise sites with high levels of resilience.
What’s more, the combination of fiber and mobile also enables business services to be rolled out much more quickly. A customer might move into a new office with fiber planned but not installed yet. In this case, the mobile network can provide immediate high-bandwidth connectivity, which will later be backed up by the fixed network when the fiber is installed.