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Protecting your business against network outages

No matter which industry your business operates in, network downtime can have extremely costly implications. Learn more about what can cause an outage, and how to mitigate future ones

Why do outages occur?

Network outages are inevitable and plague even the most sophisticated service providers. It's now less a question of if you'll experience an outage, but when. Outages, downtime, and performance issues can happen for a variety of reasons, such as:

Service provider outage

Without redundant, resilient systems, if one of your critical endpoints goes down - like a CDN - you'll experience downtime until they're back online

Configuration errors

Given the complexity of today's network infrastructure, issues or errors during regular maintenance are increasingly common - and can bring down critical infrastructure like your DNS

Unexpected traffic surges

Whether the massive spike in user traffic is due to a DDoS attack or genuine interest, without the capacity to absorb the excess traffic you can experience downtime

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Did you know?

34% of enterprises report an hour of downtime costs them in excess of $1 million

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What can help prevent an outage?

There are steps you can take to prevent future network outages that affect your website and applications. In our experience, some common causes of an outage can be mitigated by making it as easy as possible for your IT team to respond by:

Build redundancy into critical infrastructure like DNS

Implement and automate failover mechanisms

Approach updates and deployments strategically

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How to keep applications and websites online

No matter what is causing an outage or network issues

Reroute traffic in the event of CDN outages

In so many areas of computing, we work to avoid single points of failure through redundant architecture. So, why do so many companies continue to rely on a single CDN provider? With a multi-CDN strategy, you can steer traffic away from unhealthy endpoints and minimize downtime for your users. To make a multi-CDN strategy successful, organizations must have the ability to immediately take action if a CDN doesn’t perform as expected. NS1 makes this possible.

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Powerful tools to prevent DNS outages

Nobody is ever allowed to say it’s “just a DNS entry”, and for good reason. Today, it’s not “just DNS” - it’s the underpinning of the entire digital world. With the right DNS provider in place, you can leverage this power to circumvent outages and service issues. Look for a provider that easily integrates with monitoring and deployment tools, automates maintenance to avoid configuration issues, and leverages the power of intelligent traffic steering to avoid sending traffic to unhealthy endpoints, scale up / roll back deployments, and more.

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Redundant DNS allows businesses to survive network disruptions

When DNS fails, or is taken down in an attack, the websites, applications and online services that depend on it effectively disappear from the internet, taking revenue and brand reputation down with it. Without a secondary or redundant DNS provider, your environment is at risk. You can mitigate this risk by building redundancies and failover mechanisms into your infrastructure to avoid outages.

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Learn more about how to improve network resilience

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It's always DNS: Why outages are growing more common and what to do about it

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From outages to opportunities: Engineering network resilience in your platform

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Boosting network resilience for stability and success