A well-designed AB Fallback Switch can provide an effective, reliable means to switch back and forth between a primary network path and a secondary network path, without the need to constantly change configuration parameters or reroute IP addresses. Although this capability is very useful in a number of different network applications, it is particularly useful in the case of a mirrored network.
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In most modern businesses, the local area network is such an essential part of corporate infrastructure that when the network crashes or is unavailable, all activity at the business slows to a crawl as users desperately try to figure an alternative means to communicate with fellow workers and access files and services that are normally available via network. With this in mind, the wisdom of a network fallback solution and the importance of having some sort of plan that allows quick switchover to a secondary fallback network are hard to ignore.
It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about a large, multinational corporation or a small “Mom and Pop” business; these days, most businesses depend on a secure, reliable network in order to track sales, process orders and interact with customers. This means that when your network is down, your business is also “down,” because communication and the free flow of information immediately grind to a halt.
With the growth of internet based commerce, it has becoming increasing important for web based businesses to make certain that their web sites are always online and available to potential customers. This provides convenience for customers and users, but it also poses a challenge to network administrators; in order to keep web sites up and running, it’s imperative that network hosts provide some degree of redundancy, in order to deal with the inevitable equipment and communication failures that arise from time to time.
One way to provide redundancy capabilities to web hosts and other mission critical network applications, is to include an A/B fallback switch (such as WTI’s AFS-16) in network and hosting configurations. Ideally, the A/B Fallback Switch should be able to automatically switch from a primary communication line to a secondary communication line, quickly and reliably, whenever a network device goes down or communication fails.