Connections between data centers are the lifelines for your corporate network. Outages on these connections can have a major impact on your business. Cloud applications, voice, data, internet access and data center inter-connectivity services often share the same physical dark fiber route between two or more locations.
Minimizing the risk of losing connectivity and the need for reviewing redundancy risks is often triggered by the following questions:
More often than expected, companies discover that while they might use two different providers as part of their business continuity plans, both vendors rely on some of the same physical infrastructure or dark fiber route.
In the case of a natural disaster or even something as common as a construction accident or burst water main, this will result in losing both their primary connection and their backup at the same time.
If redundancy is key, the most obvious place to start is to ensure the network provides redundancy on the optical transmission layer (fiber and wavelengths), by procuring connections with geographically separate paths between data centers.
However, redundant connections aren’t always routed as advertised or contracted and in some cases even overlap due to fiber route reconstruction, introducing a single point of failure.
At AFIBER, we assist in preventing such nasty surprises and recommend using the following checklist for the optimal procurement of redundant data center connectivity.
Checklist for buying diverse data center connectivity:
At AFIBER, we’re committed to mission critical connectivity. We offer our expertise to assist with diverse connectivity on our own fiber network and to select the right alternative networks from which to source maximum network continuity. We deliver diverse redundant on-net dark fiber and dark wavelength connectivity within five working days, including a guaranteed kmz-file.
Stay clear from outages, configure and request your redundant service here. We also offer short-term dark fiber services starting from one month, available on request. Get in touch with our team for a quick scan at firstname.lastname@example.org or +31(0)20 225 0025.
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