Failover at it’s best

Today I experienced some issues getting to Google. After checking with other users in the office who were having the same issue we proceeded to troubleshoot. One of our Sales Engineers and myself at the same time determined that the issue was somewhere in the Rogers Core network. I called down to our National Support Center and they had also determined the same issue. Since the failure was in the cloud our failover mechanism using BGP did not kick in – as expected. We were however able to disconnect our Rogers Circuit and allow BGP to advertise our Rogers IP block over our secondary Terago link. Within 1 minute of doing so we were all back in business. Thanks go out to our National Support Center for quick response….

Nothing beats failover – when it works….

But, be warned – you had better be monitoring your failover…..If not, you might find yourself with none. Let me explain. If you are not monitoring your failover and your main Link/Router/Firewall, whatever it is, goes down, you may be running in failover mode for months. The only way you’ll know is when your secondary Link/Router/Firewall, whatever it is, goes down……

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