Information technology has transformed the way we do business, the internet is no longer a luxury but essential to the way we conduct business. How would your business cope if it were to lose connectivity?
The power of the internet cannot be overestimated, it is an invaluable asset to businesses, providing uncountable advantages. For example, it allows businesses to maximise growth through its ability to reach a global audience, improve efficiencies and productivity, process, store and transmit data, communicate both internally and externally and compete for business 24/7/365.
If your business relies on the internet and a connection failure or employee downtime could result in a financial loss, it is essential that your business implements an IT disaster recovery strategy as part of its business continuity plan.
How to avoid data connectivity issues?
Understanding how much of your business relies on the internet and securing a reliable internet provider are simple steps to minimising business downtime and safeguarding business continuity in the event of an unforeseen circumstance.
If the internet is a crucial part of your businesses operation, you have 20+ employees or you deal with sensitive data, then installing a leased line could be a preventative solution for you.
Installing a leased line minimises the risk of business downtime, lost revenue and internal resource time. However, in the rare case there is a problem you have the security of the providers’ service level agreement to monitor and manage the line ensuring faults are rectified as per the agreement.
What is a leased line?
A dedicated, permanent, private data connection, delivering symmetrical upload and download speeds. Leased lines are considered the pinnacle of internet connectivity as they are highly reliable, delivering consistent high speeds regardless of time and location and you’ll never have to compete for bandwidth.
Typically, businesses use leased lines to connect to the internet and link geographically distant offices, enabling staff to connect to their work PCs from home. Furthermore, you can divide the connection into different lines for data and voice communication.
Benefits of installing a leased line:
- Fast and reliable – Delivers high speeds from 2Mbps up to 10Gbps. You receive the full bandwidth you pay for as the line is solely for your use which guarantees speed and service.
- Guaranteed symmetric speeds– Upload and download speeds are the same
- Unlimited usage – Free to upload and download as much as you want
- 24/7/365 Support - Most providers offer disaster recovery as part of their Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and Service Level Guarantees (SLGs) to ensure if an issue arises, your service is not interrupted. Providers perform PING tests and are likely to know about a fault before you do.
- Scalable – Bandwidth can be increased or decreased as your business needs change.
What will it cost?
Historically leased lines were considered to be highly expensive, putting many businesses off, but over recent years the price of leased lines has significantly fallen and the market is now highly competitive. The length of contract, size of bandwidth and distance between the location of business premises and service provider (the further the distance the greater the cost) are all factors in determining the cost of the leased line. Due to leased lines becoming much more affordable more and more businesses are reaping the benefits.
If you would like to discuss a disaster recovery plan or would like more information on leased lines please contact us on 03330 433 233.