Link bonding as an MPLS replacement
Recently, I had a chance to talk to Kelly Hill from RCR Wireless about link bonding and how it is affecting the landscape in terms of how bandwidth is delivered to enterprise branch offices and SMBs.
Here is an excerpt from the article by Kelly Hill from RCR Wireless:
San Diego based Mushroom Networks provides a broadband bonding solution: basically, using software to aggregate wired and wireless resources for Wide Area Network connections to create a faster and more reliable connection. According to Cahit Jay Akin, CEO of Mushroom Networks, the aggregation of resources offers a less expensive option for scaling enterprise connectivity than, say, increasing the size of an MPLS port. Their technology also plays into the broader trend of network function virtualization that was so prominent at Mobile World Congress 2013 — Akin calls it WAN virtualization.
“Similar to other virtualization concepts, it is an intelligent layer that sits on top of real resources and manages them intelligently. Those resources are Internet lines,” he said. “They can be wired resources of any kind, or wireless resources, 3G or 4G.”
Mushroom Networks provides a network box that contains software that manages the broadband connections of a business, wired or wireless, and can shield applications from outages on any of the connections. According to a Mushroom Networks’ white paper on broadband bonding, its technology is distinct from load balancing in that Mushroom Networks’ Truffle solution “provides link bonding for HTTP-based data transfers in the downlink direction. With link bonding, the access links are effectively combined together into a single virtual pipe so that the data transfer rate of the virtual pipe is the sum of the data transfer rates of the access links that are being combined. Load balancing devices simply distribute load at the granularity of sessions,” and might use only the resources of one line to transfer data even when other lines are idle.
Here is a link to the full article.
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.