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Build and Maintain Reliable Network Backups with Apstra

Network infrastructure is designed to be quick, dependable, and safe. Even the best-laid intentions, though, can go wrong. Especially when coping with natural disasters, power outages, or when a gardener cuts your fibre optic connection by accident. In this post, we’ll look at how to incorporate redundancy and failovers in case something goes wrong.

Juniper Apstra SONiC Technology

Apstra system includes SONiC technology, and in November it introduced support for Data Centre Interconnect (DCI), which allows several data centres to be linked for resiliency, data backup, and disaster recovery.

Built-in Redundancy

Redundancy should be built into everything when you’re designing or updating your network to improve reliability. The addition of additional or other network devices, communication methods, or equipment to your infrastructure is known as redundancy. You can assure availability in the event of device or path failure by providing additional or alternate equipment or arranging alternate network paths. You may avoid a long outage by incorporating redundancy into your network (AKA, disaster recovery).

When it comes to redundancy and network failover, there are a few recommended practises to follow:

  • Ensure that your network is completely redundant. Switches, network devices and equipment, a backup Internet connection, phone and VOIP backups, and alternate power sources are all included.
  • Make everything as easy as possible! A complicated network failover strategy or network architecture is certain to have issues, and those issues will be more difficult to diagnose.
  • Maintain a supply of spare parts on hand or within easy reach. Determine if you want to have extra parts on hand in case of hardware failure, or whether you want to document where and how you can get spare parts quickly when you need them.

Avoid Downtime Caused by Power Outages

Power failures in datacentres or in-office server rooms can disrupt even the most well-planned, redundant network. Installing a commercial generator capable of powering mission-critical servers and systems.

Power outages did not disrupt phone service in the days of landlines. However, because VOIP requires a power supply, your phones will go off if the power goes out. Have a backup power source or use batteries to keep your phones powered in the event of a power outage.

Consider your present network and business needs, as well as future expansion, when choosing a backup power solution. You’ll want to secure your business with this investment for years to come.

Plan for the Worst-case Scenario, while Hoping for the Best

It may not be for the optimist to plan for a disaster and evaluate the myriad ways a network or power loss could harm your organization. However, having a strategy in place is critical. Having a network failover plan and adding redundancy to your network should help you avoid downtime that costs your business money and productivity.

If your organization would like to implement Juniper Apstra for resiliency, data backup, and disaster recovery, DS total solutions can provide the solution to you. Connect with us today!

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