Today, VeloCloud launches its subscription-based WAN service for enterprises with branch offices, finally ending the unacceptable trade-offs IT has faced between private lines and public broadband Internet links.
VeloCloud’s WAN innovation is figuring out how to take advantage of all the inexpensive Internet lines readily available—but that enterprises couldn’t use for business-critical applications that require predictable bandwidth, resilience, and security.
What are the branch WAN trade-offs that IT managers face?
Until now, enterprises have had only two options for branch-office networking: exclusive use of leased private lines (T1 or, more recently, MPLS) or a mixture of leased lines and ordinary Internet links.
Data Center consolidation and branches connected solely with leased lines provide the secure, private communications needed for enterprise applications, but at a huge cost and great complexity:
100x cost of bandwidth compared to consumer-grade Internet
Bandwidth in fixed increments charged according to capacity, not actual usage
Long wait times (weeks or months) to get new lines installed
Stacks of hardware appliances at the branch plus the data center—up to tens of thousands of dollars for even modest branches—to provide network services
All WAN traffic hairpinned back to the corporate data center for IT visibility and policy control
Lack of IT expertise at the branch, so enterprise IT must handle all issues either remotely or by traveling to the branch in person
Ordinary broadband is cheap and simple to manage, but everyone knows the Internet is neither secure nor reliable. Enterprises that take advantage of Internet lines for some of their traffic, and MPLS for business-critical applications, have to resort to fragmented management systems—and IT can’t see and control the traffic that’s routed over the Internet.
VeloCloud ends these WAN trade-offs, overcoming the aggravation and effort of branch-to-data center communications and allowing enterprise IT managers to deploy new branches with a few clicks, end constant WAN firefighting, and get their jobs done—now.
How? With a new WAN approach
VeloCloud’s subscription-based service works by dynamically steering bandwidth-hungry applications, such as voice, video, and VDI, over the best paths — moment to moment — while delivering all needed networking services from the cloud, virtually.
VeloCloud transforms ordinary broadband Internet links into fast, resilient, and secure connections, while eliminating the need for expensive single-function appliances or additional T1/MPLS links—and keeping IT in the driver’s seat for all WAN traffic, with cloud-scale analytics for easy WAN control.
Advantages of VeloCloud’s cloud-delivered WAN subscription service
Branch offices solve their application performance and networking problems
Enterprises gain vastly improved performance of their content-rich applications
IT can free up the time they used to spend troubleshooting branch-office communications to focus on delivering business value
Money typically spent on networking boxes, truck rolls, and IT support can now be spent on moving the business forward and maximizing profits
VeloCloud, now part of VMware, is a SD-WAN market leader. VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud is a key component of the Virtual Cloud Network and tightly integrated with NSX Data Center and NSX Cloud to enable customers extend consistent networking and security policies from the data center to the branch to the cloud. For more information, visit www.velocloud.com and follow the company on Twitter @VeloCloud.