Hybrid Multi-Line WAN
A Hybrid Multiline WAN is a Wide Area Network using a combination of public and private data lines. This combination makes the WAN flexible and extremely reliable. FatPipe Hybrid Multi-Line WAN technology results in WAN reliability increasing by over 300%. An added benefit is the transference of encrypted data over multiple lines that results in the security of transmission increasing by 900%. The Hybrid Multi-Line Technology is ideal for businesses that need a highly available WAN that has to also be highly secure.
FatPipe technology is designed around the concept of simplicity. FatPipe technology is easy to use and can be implemented in the network with a minimum of disruption. From bandwidth capacity increases to an addition of features, with FatPipe technology, it is a matter of licensing and remote upgrades. No need for replacing existing hardware.
FatPipe has also strived to become the all-encompassing technology unit at the interface of the LAN and WAN. The FatPipe device not only provides redundancy and load balancing but also can encrypt, act as a firewall, and a device for marrying public and private networks. FatPipe technology can also failover to a new site in the event of a site going dark. This ensures that if the primary site goes down a secondary site takes over and the outside world is none the wiser. Moving operations to the cloud, normally involves complex network architecture. FatPipe technology simplifies it and gives an organization the ability to ensure cloud services can always be connected.
What is Hybrid WAN ?
A Hybrid WAN is a combination of public internet network and private circuits and it is used as enterprise WAN transport in the system. The further developmental possibilities are on the horizon, which, when implemented, can enhance the utility value of a Hybrid WAN network. There are many advantages is using a Hybrid WAN network. Some of the advantages are:
- To ensure branch and field offices of an organization have direct and reliable connectivity to the cloud services
- The Broadband internet becomes more cost effective
- Bandwidth demands of critical applications can be handled more effectively using Hybrid WAN rather than an individual private network
- By using a Hybrid WAN, an organization can cut the lead time required for installing broadband with sufficient bandwidth, as opposed to setting up a standalone private network.
Optimized Hybrid WAN gives maximum benefits
To get maximum benefit out of a Hybrid WAN, it should use broadband internet services in conjunction with private network so that it becomes an integral and active part of the WAN system. Using the broadband as a separate network for purposes such as web surfing or as a failover standby is a waste of the potential of a Hybrid WAN.
Broadband internet is hamstrung by the fact that its performance reliability varies widely as compared to a private network. Businesses have started using the Internet for running non-critical applications. Increasingly, businesses are leveraging cost and performance of the internet by making it application centric which in turns gives the user a private network experience.
The next generation Hybrid WAN architecture will have the capability of integrating broadband with technology, so as to enhance the performance of the broadband component of the Hybrid WAN, leading to overall increase in the performance and efficiency of the Hybrid WAN.
Getting enterprise grade performance from Hybrid WAN
There are solutions available in the market to enhance the performance of Hybrid WAN. By using Dynamic Multi-path optimization, both the networks of the Hybrid WAN are continuously monitored so that applications and business needs, depending on their priority, are routed to the best available link and path available at that moment. It is possible to automatically include error correction remedies as well as jitter buffering when the Hybrid WAN is in use. This increases the visibility across multiple sites and providers.
Optimizing Hybrid WAN deployment
A smart IT Manager will leverage a hybrid deployment model. The traditional on-site deployment, which will leverage broadband access, also adds complexity to the IT environment. The primary purpose of the Hybrid WAN is to leverage access to cloud applications and data centers. To ensure the performance of the Hybrid WAN is optimized, in addition to integrating broadband internet, it also requires symmetrical solutions to be incorporated.
Cloud delivered SD-WAN
The optimum solution for an efficient Hybrid WAN, involves leveraging the internet for transport of data and also the advantages offered by the cloud for hybrid deployment architecture. The Hybrid WAN should, in addition to migration of data centers and applications to the cloud, support the data center and applications deliverable from the cloud. The advantages are:
- Easy to deploy
- Easy to monitor and control the entire system for optimal performance
The ideal combination of hybrid deployment architecture is that some capabilities should be delivered from the cloud. It will be to have an on-site footprint via a CPE unit located at the remote location in conjunction with gateways distributed throughout the cloud.
Flexible Data Center Deployment
The ideal architecture for supporting cloud based data centers and SaaS applications are to provide distributed cloud gateways. For a private data center, it will eliminate the need of having a separate IT installation. When the connectivity is not up to the mark, then the best solutions is to have optimization throughout the system. To support hybrid connectivity, gateway services to the private network have to be provided with an on-site presence. The flexible data center model can support both alternatives. In this topology, the Hybrid WAN has the public and private networks working in parallel. The other solution is to have internet only branches to connect to their HQ or other data centers by using either an on-site or cloud gateway.
The Hybrid WAN has come to stay and it will keep improving with time. All organizations should consider installing a Hybrid WAN due to its multiple advantages in leveraging technology and cost effectiveness.