The difference between diversity and redundancy
You’re likely to hear the words “diversity” and “redundancy” when researching internet service for your business. It’s recommended that businesses build redundancy or, even better, diversity into their internet service.
But what does this mean?
Consider diversity and redundancy as two ways to keep your business online even if your primary internet network goes down. Redundancy offers a solid back-up plan so that your business can continue operating online even with an internet failure. For those businesses looking for the most protection, though, internet diversity is a better solution.
Redundancy means that you have more than one way to connect to the Web. Maybe your business relies on wireless service to get online. But what happens if this service goes down? You need a backup plan, and that could be a connection based on DSL, cable or fiber-optic networks.
This way, when your main connection to the internet suffers an outage — and this does happen more frequently than we’d like — you can jump back online with your backup network. This is key for business owners: With redundancy, you decrease the chance that your company will experience prolonged internet downtime.
Don’t, though, get redundancy confused with diversity. Diverse internet service provides even more protection for your business. That’s because diversity isn’t just having two or more ways to connect to the internet. It’s having two or more internet connections that don’t enter your business’ facilities through the same points.
Even with redundant service, your company can still suffer online downtime if your two different ways to connect to the internet share the same cables during the last mile or so before they enter your building. If those cables are damaged or destroyed, your internet service will go down, even with redundancy.
With a diverse internet connection, though, data travels through no shared cables to reach your building. This way, if a cable is damaged, your business can still rely on the internet provider that is sending information through a second cable reaching your building.
If your business absolutely cannot suffer internet downtime, we recommend that you consider a diverse internet package, one that includes fiber-optic cables, for the strongest possible protection.