We had a good turnout for the April 20 Sprint-sponsored webinar, “Building Business Continuity with Wireless Solutions.” Hope you had a chance to tune in, but if not, we’ll briefly touch on a few of the many interesting points.
For instance, using 4G or 3G wireless as a backup is not only quick to implement, it represents a huge cost savings over T1 backup. A backup T1 will run you about $300 a month, while 3G or 4G service can be had for as low as one-tenth of that.
Multiply that by a number of branch locations and you can see how that adds up to some pretty significant money month after month. Not to mention that 4G can deliver several times the download bandwidth of a T1, which could be a major consideration if the location might need more than the 1.5 Mbps a T1 can offer.
Also, wireless offers true diverse routing, which is a requirement if you want to be sure you can keep communicating regardless of what caused the wireline outage. Let’s say you have a standby T1 for backup, but a backhoe slices a cable to one of your branch locations. Chances are the T1 is in the same cable bundle, which means that your backup has just gone down along with your primary link.
A recent Forrester Research survey of CIOs showed that business continuity is the number one concern among small to medium businesses, and ranks number two among larger enterprises. That reflects today’s business environment: if clients or customers can’t reach you, even for short periods, the lost revenue and cost of wasted time and other resources add up quickly.
Even as dependable as the wireline network may be, being stranded is an understandable fear, which is why using wireless solutions in your business continuity plan is such a compelling proposition.
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