The coronavirus has already caused major disruptions worldwide and these disruptions figure to increase both in number and severity over the coming months. As institutions struggle to deal with canceled educational activities, quarantines and large-scale closures of schools and other institutions, quickly imposed mandatory telecommuting for large numbers of employees and students. Internet connectivity is being stressed like never before because of the Hybrid education model implemented in most of the states. Being able to easily add more capability and customize your connectivity to support mission-critical activities is critical. SD-WAN with broadband bonding is a proven technology that has successfully addressed these issues and others. The sooner you ensure that the Internet connectivity your business or institution relies on can handle the challenges and stresses of a rapidly changing global environment, the better.
Broadband bonding is a method of combining dissimilar broadband access technologies to form a single, virtual pipe. Connecting the links provides greater redundancy; if one of the bonded links fails, the bonding appliance can spread the traffic across the remaining links without interruptions. It can be an appealing technology for businesses that aren’t getting the bandwidth they need from say, a single T-1, but can’t afford to upgrade to a DS3 or partial DS3 pipe.
The Ethernet-based bonding appliance gets installed between the broadband modems and the local network at the customer’s premises. A notable feature of our Broadband bonding service is that it allows graceful growth. Up to a total of 12 (2,3,4,8 or 12 WAN links depending on the Broadband bonding device model) Internet access lines can be aggregated, and these resources can be added as needed as bandwidth requirements increase. The Internet access lines do not need to be of the same type or even from the same ISP, and indeed no coordination with the ISP is necessary. It may be desirable to use Internet access lines from different carriers, to increase overall system reliability. This technology is suited for small and midsize businesses, large enterprises, multi-tenant buildings and broadband service providers.
- Cellular data card module for one or two wireless WAN options:
Cellular data cards supporting EV-DO, HSPA, EDGE or GPRS can be configured as an independent WAN connection that enterprises can choose to be always on or used only for failover.
- Unmatched Network Reliability:
Companies can ensure they have reliable high-speed access to the Internet even when their primary connections are interrupted, and they can blend their wireless data plans with their existing wireline broadband services to boost overall speeds.
- Quick configuration
- Web based management interface
- Router and Firewall functionalities:
Support port forwarding, DMZ, blocking of outbound traffic per destination port and/or per source IP address, allowance of inbound traffic per destination IP address or port, a DHCP server, sophisticated QoS functions, traffic monitoring and filtering and visualization of network utilization and traffic graphically.
- Improved Video Conferencing Capabilities:
Ensures high quality and rock-solid connectivity by leveraging multiple WAN resources. Optionally, the ability to reliably live stream HD quality video using bonded cellular connections which allows live streaming from otherwise impossible locations.
- Boost in WAN Performance:
Since bonding appliances can bond multiple WAN lines for optimum performance, the overall WAN metrics will improve. As an example, a VPN connecting a branch office to the HQ office will have the full bonded speed as opposed to an individual line speed.
- Boost in WAN Reliability and Failover:
Broadband Bonding provides self-healing WAN and dynamic failover capabilities. As an example, an ongoing Internet session will be shielded from any WAN outages, or WAN performance fluctuations, as long as one of the WAN connections is still up.
- Specialized SDN tunnels:
Broadband Bonding offers SD-WAN with Broadband Bonding. This means that specialized tunnels customized for the specific application at hand will ensure optimal performance. As an example, VoIP Armor is a tunnel that optimizes VoIP/SIP traffic in the network to shield the phone conversations against any network performance fluctuations and network outages.
- Remote LAN Access:
Via the advanced tunnels, the remote user can securely connect right into the corporate LAN network with ease using their home or cellular (hotspot) internet connection. Additionally, this enables capability of adding a desktop IP phone to home network that can connect to the corporate IP-PBX with all its normal capabilities.
- Additional Benefits:
Additional benefits include reduced downtime, elastic static IP, reduced WAN cost, reduced emergency calls and related costs, 3G/4G/LTE wireless failover, advanced QoS, layer7 deep packet inspection, traffic monitoring, bandwidth reservations, traffic shaping, traffic filtering, dynamic DNS, firewall and other advanced routing features.