Technology - Traffic Management

For small businesses or branch offices of a larger organizations, managing the Internet traffic and inter-office traffic effectively and efficiently can be difficult without the proper technology in place. Mushroom’s virtual and physical appliances provide the advanced toolkit to manage WAN networks with ease.

Mushroom’s traffic management technology is composed of various functionalities working together to provide a full suite of capabilities.

Interface Groups: Mushroom’s appliances are equipped with the ability to leverage “virtual interfaces” that are composed from user defined network policies (also known as interface groups) can include a subset of the physical interface and any of the overlay tunnels, tied together with the user defined logic. As an example a user can create a virtual interface that can carry the VPN traffic over a bonding tunnel that has the 3 wired WAN interfaces in the bonding tunnel and in case of a tunnel connectivity failure, can fall back to a wireless WAN network.

Active / Active Interfaces: Mushroom’s appliances have the ability to utilize all physical WAN interfaces simultaneously, as well as the virtual interfaces, either in session based aggregation (session load balancing) or packet level aggregation (bonding).

Manual Routes: Policies based on layer 7 filters or explicit network filters can defined to map specific traffic types to be routed onto particular interfaces or tunnels. As an example local Internet traffic can be assign to a specific set of WAN interfaces. Similarly, a specific class of traffic destined to a specific server IP address can be mapped onto another interface or onto a specific overlay tunnel.

Network Function Virtualization: Overlay tunnels can be utilized to connect Mushroom devices to create a VPN like tunnel with algorithms that work around networking problems by making per packet decisions. Mushroom’s Network Function Virtualization provides a rich portfolio of overlay tunnels are available to match the applications.

Traffic Shaping: Transports are affected by the traffic they carry. As an example the latency on a WAN link may go up during heavy traffic utilizations. This can cause disruption to other applications that may be latency sensitive. Mushroom’s traffic management enables traffic shaping for inbound (ingress) and outbound (egress) traffic.

Bandwidth Reservation: Certain applications such as video or VoIP will perform better when there is carved out bandwidth for those type of flows. Mushroom appliances can create dynamic bandwidth reservations where the bandwidth carve out will happen only when that traffic is active in the network. When such traffic is not active, then and only then, the reserved bandwidth is made available to other application flows.

The power of Mushroom’s solution lies in the way all these advanced algorithms are brought together with a very simple, point and click User Interface that doesn’t require networking expertise. This makes the appliances suitable for any size offices such as home offices (Truffle Lite) to large corporations (Truffle E) and data centers (Truffle EX).

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