Mushroom Networks CPE devices (such as Truffle and Portabella) have the built-in ability to bond HTTPS downlink traffic without requiring a peering device or service. The optional Broadband Bonding Service (BBS) adds the application centric overlay tunnels by peering the Mushroom Networks CPE to the Mushroom Relay Servers in the cloud. This enables tunnels with packet granularity bonding for any protocol or application including video, VoIP, uploads, chatty applications and so on. With BBS, even for a single session can be striped over the available links unlocking the aggregate speed of the connections.
The Virtual Leased Line (VLL) provides secure, fast and reliable office-to-office VPN connectivity between multiple locations by creating an IP tunnel that uses the bonded Internet access lines available on each side. VLL can enable a bonded VPN Internet pipe between two office locations or between the office and its Internet data center. This is accomplished via Truffle appliances at each endpoint. VLL can bond any type of Internet access line from any service provider including DSL, cable, T1, E1, DIA, MPLS, etc., without requiring any coordination with the ISPs. VLL tunnels support star and mesh topologies for office-to-office VPN. VLL supports encryption or can work transparently with your existing VPN to accomplish VPN bonding.
Virtual Leased Lines provide a quick Return on Investment (ROI) and lower operating expenses when used in conjunction with MPLS or as an alternative to MPLS. Cost-effective bandwidth is supplied through cheaper broadband lines and Quality of Service is managed by Mushroom Networks’ VLL. The payback period on the investment is often measured in weeks. You can download application notes and ROI analysis white papers here.
When Truffle or Portabella load-balancing routers are peered with BBS or peered to another Truffle device, they have the ability to bond Internet access lines for all types of traffic (including encrypted traffic such as VPN) for aggregated downlink and uplink capacity.
In case of Internet access line network problems, in peered mode, Truffle (Portabella) has the ability to keep the ongoing sessions alive by making real-time per-packet routing path decisions, even for the sessions in progress. Additionally, automatic failover protects against failures of one or more WAN links.
In peered mode, network conditions between the peering units are monitored to intelligently reacts in real time to mitigate any performance degradation caused by the WAN links. Managed parameters and network problems include packet loss, latency, jitter, cross-traffic, buffer management, MTU problems, black holes, as well as others. In case of packet loss, spike in latency, or any other degradation on any of the WAN links at the branch office, the VLL tunnel between Truffle and Truffle Relay maintains the ongoing IP sessions without loss of performance by shielding the effects of dropped WAN links, lost packets, or high latency on any of the links.
Application-centric bonding tunnels (such as VoIP Armor, Video Armor, Application Armor, VPN Armor, and others) have the ability to optimize the flows for those specific applications. As an example, VoIP Armor tunnel has the ability to router packets around networking problems for on-going phone calls to keep the MOS score optimized.
Static IP addresses in the cloud (or from your data center) can be mapped onto the branch office Truffle. This means that static IP is available for services that rely on stable IP addressing (such as VPN, VoIP/SIP, etc.) and inbound network access is available, even during WAN outages, as long as at least one of the WAN links is up.
Truffle (Portabella) devices have the ability to peer with a Mushroom Relay device either through the BBS, or another physical or virtual Truffle appliance hosted in the data center. Between the two endpoints, a VPN-like overlay tunnel is created that can orchestrate the multi-WAN paths. For connectivity between larger number of offices, start or mesh topologies are supported.
Mushroom Networks’ devices have the ability to create overlay tunnels to Mushroom Relays (relays are available as physical appliances, virtual appliances, or as a hosted service). The VNF tunnel between the Mushroom endpoints has the ability to implement advanced networking algorithms to optimize the traffic flow that goes through it. Various application-centric VNF tunnels are optimized for various applications such as VoIP, video, UC, chatty applications, cloud-delivered services, file transfers and other application classes. A certain traffic type then can be routed onto the specific VNF tunnel to optimize its performance.
The algorithms that power the Virtual Leased Line tunnels (VLL) rely on the system’s ability to measure various real-time parameters such as packet loss, latency, and jitter as well as related and recent history data. The measurements are facilitated via both in-band and out-of-band techniques depending on the VLL flavor.
The Relay side of the peering tunnel can be implemented either with a Truffle physical appliance, a Truffle V (a virtual appliance running on a VMWare Hypervisor or Xen Hypervisor) or via the Mushroom Networks-hosted BBS service on Mushroom Networks’ data centers or colocated at AWS (Amazon Web Services) EC2.
Clients both big and small, from a single office small business all the way to a service provider roll out with multi-tenancy support for thousands of customers, are supported in Mushroom Networks’ vertically and horizontally scalable platform.
Mushroom Networks solutions are based on the industry leading and award-winning Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) architecture. The software defined approach enables easy development and deployment of distributed VNFs (Virtual Network Functions) as bonding tunnels as well as simple and easy management and monitoring of the CPE devices. Multi-tenancy support and a single pane of glass dashboard provides visibility and remote access to the CPE units from cloud-based Monitoring Portal. Devices can be preconfigured and drop-shipped to the location with zero-touch configuration, ensuring rapid and successful deployment.
Third-party monitoring solutions are also supported via SNMP, Syslog, Netflow, and other standards-based APIs. Since the overlay tunnels are fully and natively integrated with Mushroom Networks’ SD-WAN, customized monitoring widgets can be dropped into the monitoring dashboard for customized unique services.
Quadrant Research Knowledge Brief:
“Mushroom Networks, with its unique and innovative SD-WAN solution and Broadband Bonding technology, is well positioned to continue to help enterprises in improving WAN performance”.
“Driven by strong overall performance in terms of sophistication, depth and maturity of the technology, visionary innovation, and industry impact, Mushroom Networks is recognized as the Company of the Year in the global SD-WAN market”.
“The company, with its unique technology platform is emerging to become the key vendor in the SD-WAN market”.
Roopa Honnachari, Director of Business Communication Services & Cloud Computing Services at Frost & Sullivan:
“…Mushroom Networks has gone farther in this direction, the VNF Design Studio is truly unique, because it has a user interface for service providers to design and deploy these solutions.”
“These guys have done a lot more work. It’s a solution that lets a service provider deploy in their network to offer business solutions or residential solutions depending on different SLAs.”
“Just drop the Truffle into your network and experience what it is like to have a large bandwidth pipe at a fraction of the cost. The Truffle is highly reliable, scalable and easy to use.”
“This is hands down the best hardware investment I have made. The Truffle has been a real life saver.”
“I have to say, these devices [Broadband Bonding devices] are pretty incredible. These things really are as easy to understand and configure as you described. I’m very impressed.”
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