26 April 2017 admin

One person’s “paranoia” is another person’s “engineering redundancy”

One person’s “paranoia” is another person’s “engineering redundancy”

Choosing the right technology solution for your business is much like deciding on life’s priorities— it is not easy to decide what is redundant and what is not. In the field of science, redundancy occurs when there is a duplication of critical components or functions of a system. For a school of experts, attainment of redundancy is nothing but a source of additional costs and a lot of headaches. But for many businesses, building redundancy into their system is crucial. Why do you think companies would seek to incur additional expenditure when they can do with less? Well, the arrangement is intended to enhance the reliability of their infrastructure. As far as network redundancy is concerned, it is intended to provide end users with a failsafe service so that a failure in one component will not disrupt the entire system, bringing the whole operation to a grinding halt. As the mobile cooperation between man and machine keeps increasing on a consistent basis, many companies are considering network redundancy as an insurance policy that would allow them to deal with unexpected outages and ensure continuity of operation by instantly responding to any obstruction along a critical data path.

How Can You Achieve Redundancy?

Businesses can achieve redundancy by creating alternate data paths in a network. If switches and armored cables fail to establish the connection, this backup path connects the applications to the system, allowing companies to continue their operations undisrupted. Depending on the size and dependence on data and applications, companies may have multiple backup plans. By solving problems during outages, redundancy provides a dramatic increase in reliability.

Wireless mesh networking is by far the most reliable and widely used method of attaining redundancy. As their names suggest, these networks are composed of numerous mesh nodes that can communicate with each other through a process called dynamic routing. Three interfaces, namely LAN, WAN and mesh are used to transfer data throughout the infrastructure. It is possible to increase the speed and reach of the connection by adding nodes to the mesh. In this process, routers automatically select the safest and quickest paths.

If your business depends on a high availability of network for running mission-critical applications, a sudden outage can be costly in terms of lost time, effort, and costs associated with resuming the operation. In this case, building redundancy into your data infrastructure will be a smart strategy. Just like an effective insurance policy, the goal of redundancy is to reduce the risk of disruption and mitigate its effects. If you are in two minds about establishing redundancy, just think about the cost of downtime versus the investment in a redundant system. You will find it to be just a small price to pay for the peace of mind. However, when you decide to go redundant, do not proceed without a proper roadmap. We can offer consultation on how to take a step-by-step approach to redundancy.