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Common Causes of Network Downtime (And How 4G Can Help Avert Disaster)

There are a wide number situations that can cause your network to go down. Typically, we can group these into three categories:
  1. Natural disasters
  2. Technology/device failure
  3. Human error
While some causes may have safeguards to protect against an outage, the reality is that things are often out of your control. When properly installed, 4G LTE failover solutions can help protect businesses against these three common causes of costly network downtime.

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Snowmageddon 2015 in the Northeast, and California’s wildfires and floods are just a few examples of how Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your business’s communication infrastructure. In the case of a natural disaster, there’s simply nothing you can do to prevent it from happening.

Human Errors/Technology Failures

Human error and technology failure, while somewhat preventable, are bound to happen too. Whether your provider’s system is compromised by device configuration changes or link failures, or someone simply doesn’t heed the warning of “call before you dig,” these outages are also usually outside of your direct control.

Cyber Attacks

While natural disasters, human error and technology failure are the primary reasons that networks tend to fail, cyber attacks on networks are becoming an increased threat in recent years.

According to Ponemon Institute’s Cost of Data Center Outages 2016 Report, “Cybercrime represents the fastest growing cause of data center outages, rising from 2% of outages in 2010 to 18% in 2013, to 22% in the Ponemon Institute’s 2016 study.” (source)

The frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks are skyrocketing, and their effects on businesses continues to rise. Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company, experienced a wave of DDoS attacks in 2016, resulting in a massive outage that affected sites including Twitter, Etsy, Github, Vox, Spotify, Airbnb, Netflix and Reddit.

How Can Your Business Prepare?

Regardless of the cause, businesses are simply forced to implement a backup plan to ensure the quickest recovery time possible during a catastrophic event. Professionally installed 4G LTE failover solutions from EnableIP can help your business beat network downtime once and for all by delivering 99.99% guaranteed uptime. Contact us to get an even more accurate idea of potential loss and savings. Also, be sure to download our free 4G Failover whitepaper .

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