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For distributed enterprises, the branch is where 80% of employees work and where most of the business is conducted. Not surprisingly, many are moving to a new IT architecture where cloud and Internet-based applications play an increasingly critical role and are seeking a Next Generation WAN architecture that will enable this transformation. Achieving high capacity and efficient application performance that is both secure and cloud-friendly is the primary challenge—with the right economics for large branch network deployments. An emerging solution which promises to meet these requirements was discussed at the recent Hughes User Group (HUG), namely Software-Defined WAN, or SD-WAN, with the following capabilities:
As both a technology and services leader with a long history in managing large enterprise networks and optimizing broadband performance, Hughes is in a unique position to deliver SD-WAN across all verticals.
Enter the Hughes SD-WAN Solution, which leverages the HR Branch Gateway and is powered by ActiveTechnologies™ and the soon-to-be-launched ActivePath™. ActiveTechnologies transform ordinary broadband connections into enterprise-grade high performance networks and include:
Hughes ActivePath™ is the newest addition to the Hughes ActiveTechnologies suite for Intelligent Path Control—enabling the simultaneous use of multiple WAN connections at a branch site—and is a core technology underlying the Hughes SD-WAN Solution. ActivePath incorporates novel algorithms and techniques that exploit the use of multiple paths to improve application performance and increase resiliency. For example, it substantially reduces detection and failover times of network error conditions—from tens of seconds to just a few seconds. Network error conditions include not just outages, but also degraded conditions where the connection is still operational but intermittent, or ‘flaky.’ With such rapid recovery from WAN path failures, many data applications will continue to operate uninterrupted; for certain applications, such as VoIP, ActivePath supports hitless recovery, where no packets are lost even when a WAN path fails or degrades.
Ultimately, a Hughes SD-WAN Solution powered by ActivePath and the overall capabilities of ActiveTechnologies will deliver superior performance in a distributed networking environment—with the reliability and consistency required for mission critical applications, including offloading Internet traffic directly from a branch location. Most importantly, Hughes delivers it as part of a fully managed HughesON™ solution for enterprise WANs, resulting in Next Generation IT performance and productivity at the branch.
Look for ActivePath to launch later this year!
With the explosive growth in cloud and rich-media applications deployed at branches, distributed enterprises are seeking Next Generation WAN architectures that deliver high performance, better resiliency and security. Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) offers a compelling solution, along with improved flexibility and agility.
SD-WAN incorporates advanced technologies that leverage all WAN transport technologies, support secure VPN connections, and offload Internet traffic directly from the branch. A key component is the use of intelligent path control to improve application performance and increase resiliency.
A Hughes SD-WAN Solution powered by ActivePath and related ActiveTechnologies delivers superior enterprisegrade performance with the reliability and consistency required for mission critical applications. It also is part of a fully managed HughesON solution to simplify the design, implementation, and management of enterprise WANs.
An SD-WAN Powered by ActiveTechnologies