How to maximize WAN reliability when connecting to data center?

WAN connectivity to data center is becoming more important than ever as most of services are moving to the cloud. For security, usually Internet firewalls are good enough to keep the major security threads away, but how about the unintended harms of downtime? Reliability is key when it comes to web services and SAAS type applications. Legacy load-balancing router or link load-balancing was usually implemented to have a primitive level of reliability. However with the invention of Broadband Bonding, which in essence can be described as the next generation load balancing, the reliability can be pushed to the level of application continuity.

Here is an excerpt from my guest post at Data Center Post:

Broadband Bonding™ is a solution that allows a business to aggregate various Internet connections into a single high-speed connection with built-in Internet redundancy. It effectively blends the best attributes of different types of connections (DSL, Cable, and T-1, fiber) to reach higher upload and download speeds and lowest possible latency. Most operations still rely on older connection technologies, with employees commonly reporting faster download and application speeds when using their home Internet service. The substantial cost benefit for Broadband Bonding is it can be implemented transparently on existing lines, without any additional software or hardware beyond the bonding appliance.

When used as a WAN connectivity to data center, Broadband Bonding solves a key pain point for enterprises that need to connect various branch offices for VPN, cloud or virtualized computing services. Currently, most branch offices still rely on notoriously slow T-1 lines as connectivity to data center. Although reliable, legacy T-1 cannot handle the deluge of real-time traffic and SaaS services that are now commonplace in businesses.

Once implemented, Broadband Bonding enables speedy connections between the office and the data center; it’s a high-availability service that allows faster file transfers, low-latency transport with advanced quality of service capabilities. It works by intelligently and dynamically managing any number of different broadband providers as a single pipe of connectivity. Older attempts at bonding multiple access lines together failed because solutions were not able to account for lines that functioned at varying performance levels, but new networking techniques such as Virtual Leased Line that is based on Network Calculus have solved this issue…

You can read the full article here.

Cahit Akin, CEO, Mushroom Networks, Inc.

Mushroom Networks is the provider of SD-WAN (Software Defined WAN) and NFV solutions capable of Broadband Bonding that enables self-healing WAN networks that route around network problems such as latency, jitter and packet loss.

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Bob Lowe
Bob Lowe

I like your tip about using T-1 connectors. That would make sense considering you want to have the greatest bandwidth possible. I’ll have to consider your tips so that I know how to use data properly.

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