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The industry is shifting towards software defined networking.  It is also known by several other buzz words like just SDN or Hybrid WAN.  SDN gives you the look and feel of what an MPLS solution brings to the table, with the ability to prioritize certain traffic over another. It’s configuration adjustment is more simplified than a traditional router switch.  You can also bring significantly more bandwidth for about the same money you would spend on a traditional network.  Here are the main benefits at a glance:

  • Enterprise-grade Performance
  • Rapid Branch Deployment
  • Cost-Effective Delivery Model


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Software Defined WAN for Branches

At a high-level, the image shows what an SDN WAN looks like.  Instead of bringing in an MPLS network into a branch location, customers can bring in two diverse internet connections. One is delivered on a cable modem, and the secondary a 4G LTE router for eg. In an SDN environment, a router is placed on the edge to provide a couple of features:

  • Brings together the two connections
  • Load balancing
  • Proactive analysis of what is happening on that network
  • Creates the ability to do a VPN for office Internet connectivity to connect branches to headquarters
  • Because it is internet based, traffic that is destined for the internet can hop off right there

By application and by destination, this software can make intelligent routing decisions.  Thus, if you have traffic destined for Office 365, it will decide if the cable or the 4G path is best, based on who has the best peering and who is the closest. Voice and video can be prioritized whether is outgoing or incoming.  You can create a quality of service policy on both sides giving you end to end performance control that you would expect.  So yes, you can get the performance of an MPLS solution with an SDN WAN solution even though it’s over an internet connection. Internet service is readily available and very cost effective as opposed to MPLS environments.  
On top of that if you use our sister company Utah Telecom for your telecommunication solutions we have a dedicated SDN network in our cloud creating a non-brakeable VOIP solution.
Just take the advantage of our FREE online consulting services to design and acquire your next multibranch connectivity solution and have all your critical applications always-ON.

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SDN UNIFIED COMMUNICATION FEATURES

With voice or IP communications, the ability to prioritize traffic is important. An SDN router keeps calls up and functioning in the event of any congestion, even Internet-based congestion. The router will duplicate the voice traffic and keep a secondary stream ready to go, so if it degrades while flowing on the primary connection, it will instantaneously flow over to the secondary connection and keep the call alive.

  • Application Recognition and Quality of Service Policy
  • Dynamic Application Steering
  • On Demand Link Conditioning
These same features apply to mission critical applications for eg. A reatil store will be able to process credit card transactions even when their main internet connection is down over a 4G LTE connectivity and at the same time you can stop streaming music and videos to save bandwidth over your secondary connection. Now you understand how important SDN could be for your organization.
 
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Dark Fiber

Considering compliance and security as your main goal. There is no question that the main advantage for Dark Fibers is that your data never touch the public network.
We can either design your private dark fiber network or we can find a provider capable to provide dedicated point to point dark fibers for you. We can even install dark fibers for you and rent them out to you.
As you can see in the picture dark fibers are installed in between buildings connecting your edge switches or your edge routers. Consult with us and we can analyze what would be the best approach for your particular situation.

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Fiber Transport

Similarly to dark fibers, Fiber transport is a connection in between buildings but they are managed by your internet service provider. Using this technology guarantees that your data never touch the public network.
Our network engineers can help you find the right provider for your application. 

Fiber transport is normally at layer 2 level. One of our network engineers can answer any question that you might have regarding this technology or help you decide in between Fiber transport and any other technology.

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Point to Point Networks

Point to Point Networks can serve to connect your buildings together without touching the public network.
In some rural areas can serve to extend your internet access to buildings that otherwise will not be able to be served due to geographical challenges or because there are no ISPs available.
Normally you will minimize latency in between buildings helping your critical applications to work like they where located almost in the same office.
Consult with one of our engineers to help you decide which is your best technology available.

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Our engineers will guide to the best option for your geographical location and business needs.

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