Broadband Bonding & SD-WAN Solutions for Retail

The distributed retail stores need simple to manage connectivity that is robust independent of their varying geographies and service availability for their stores and locations. Retailers leverage broadband bonding of wired and/or cellular modems (3G, 4G, LTE, 5G) and even Satellite to create a fast, reliable, and cost-effective connectivity for their cloud connectivity.

Retail Networking Needs

Retailers rely on numerous, widely separated brick-and-mortar locations to conduct their business. They also often utilize temporary or pop-up stores (or even kiosks) where legacy-type wired connectivity may not be feasible or may lack the required performance. However, each of these individual locations, as well as the enterprise as a whole, still require private and public cloud Internet access to facilitate mission-critical applications such as PoS (Point of Sale) systems, data backup, inventory management, marketing, and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). Finding and relying on a single service provider to cover all store locations with the required SLAs (Service Level Agreements) and QoS (Quality of Service) requirements is nearly impossible and usually not cost-effective. The lack of IT personnel at store locations presents another challenge with the retail industry. The WAN design therefore needs to be automated and set on autopilot both in the rollout/installation phase as well as and perhaps even more importantly in the operations stage.

Zero-Touch Configuration

SD-WAN virtual or physical appliances are ideal for taking over the burden of network management for retail locations. Zero-touch installation enables drop shipments to locations (fixed or temporary) and allows them to connect instantly and seamlessly while optimizing critical Internet applications.

Centralized Monitoring

The optional Monitoring Portal provides a single pane dashboard for all registered devices and enables a single click remote access to each device if needed. Various telemetry and network statistics are stored in the Monitoring Portal for IT managers to have comprehensive and actionable view of their network at their fingertips.

Application Optimization

With Broadband Bonding, application-aware tunnels connect remote stores to the Internet, corporate network, and data centers via self-healing tunnels. These intelligent tunnels automatically recognize the applications via the built-in layer 7 filters and accordingly optimize the traffic flows with respect to the parameters that matter most for that specific application. All done automatically with no human intervention.

Pop-up Stores and Kiosks

For Internet connectivity needs for pop-up stores and kiosks or other temporary use cases, the time to roll out WAN connectivity in a secure, fast and cost effective manner can be the most important obstacle. Single wireless  Internet connections fall short of providing the robust connectivity that pop-up stores require since they don’t have access to dedicated local IT personnel. Portabella is a cellular bonding device that can take multiple cellular SIM cards from any carrier and combine them into a fast and reliable Internet connection that is optimized for various application classes, including cloud based real-time applications, point-of-sale applications as well as cloud based retail applications.

Testimonials & Awards

“It worked perfectly, right out of the box. I watched the bandwidth status during the event and monitored our traffic and usage and we had zero downtime and as such, no chances of any critical data being lost.”

Mark Sheppard
Communication Specialist Debbie reynolds auction

“I had the same degree of reliability and more bandwidth—at a fraction of the cost”

bill Kohr
owner craftsman studio

“It has worked flawlessly in each new office scenario, providing users with high-speed internet on day one.  I can plug it in and in about 15 minutes, I have a network ready for folks to connect to without any other equipment.  With the built-in DHCP server, Quality of Service, and Firewall, it is literally a network-in-a-box.”

infrastructure manager modcloth

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