11 Jan

Extending your Network with FatPipe’s SD Hybrid WAN Access Diversity

Historically, extending your network redundantly and securely from the LAN to the WAN is a challenge for network managers.  Vulnerable sections of the WAN are at the branches and the last mile, where many network outages and bottlenecks occur.  As companies turn to the cloud for business critical productivity, redundant and secure connections are crucial in extending their networks to remote sites.

FatPipe Offers Versatility and Cost Savings

Over the past 16 years, FatPipe, the original software-defined WAN technology vendor, has provided secure connectivity for the IT industry.  By developing innovative WAN solutions, FatPipe offers options for private and public connections for site-to-site networking. Typically, businesses employ dedicated/expensive MPLS circuits to inter-connect branch offices to data centers.  However, recent quality and availability improvements of broadband and wireless (3G/4G/LTE) services give enterprises more options.  For example, lower cost alternatives augment the reliability of WANs and build in redundancy to enhance the user experience for cloud-hosted applications.  These options make organizations more versatile and cost-effective in connecting branch offices while still relying on dedicated links to send mission-critical data.

Network Redundancy Through Access Diversity

Access diversity can provide link redundancy by introducing a secondary line to your WAN connection.  Public broadband can serve as a low-cost alternative to dedicated Internet and service provider connections. Such alternatives help sites that are locked in at the last mile and have only one ISP option.  Access diversity means enterprises can choose 3G/4G/LTE, satellite, cable or fiber for their secondary lines.

By offering diverse access options, FatPipe helps network managers meet the challenge of extending their networks across the WAN.  Requirements of the enterprise dictate network decisions rather than the restrictions of dedicated MPLS circuits or service provider lock-in.  Network link redundancy, secure connectivity and access diversity effectively address current concerns such as rising costs and security, as well as future worries about growth and complexity. Visit our website at www.fatpipe.com for more information.

01 Dec

Proven SD-WAN for Hybrid Networks is Here Today

The promise of software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) has been touted for several years, but most organizations have yet to adopt the technology: fewer than 1% of enterprises have deployed SD-WANs as of the end of 2015 (Market Guide for Software-Defined WAN, Gartner, Dec 1, 2015). A recent survey of IT professionals by consulting group Ashton, Metzler & Associates (When will SD-WANs ‘cross the chasm’?, Jim Metzler, PhD, TechTarget, 2016) reveals some of the obstacles that prevent greater adoption of SD-WAN in organizations:

  • 25% of respondents are concerned about how to integrate software-defined networks into their current infrastructure
  • 25% of respondents feel there isn’t a strong business case for implementing SD-WAN
  • 25% of respondents believe enabling technologies for SD-WAN are immature

With the introduction of the industry-first Avaya SDN Fx™ + FatPipe® SD-WAN integrated solution, Avaya customers can now expect the simplicity, security and scalability of SDN Fabric Connect in their LANs extended via FatPipe across the entire Unified Communications network or hybrid WAN. This converged solution from two technology innovators addresses the main concerns about implementing a software-defined network:

  • Support for a multitude of connection types and legacy systems – MPLS, broadband, wireless, satellite, T1/E1 and more—allows for cost-effective, in-place implementation that easily integrates with an organization’s network investments
  • Multi-line compression and WAN optimization increase bandwidth availability of existing lines by up to 70%, yielding large cost savings on expensive MPLS lines; and aggregation of a variety of paths presents options for additional cost savings and extra capacity for future growth, thereby strengthening the business case for an SD-WAN deployment
  • With 11 patents and 180 technology claims, FatPipe has been in the SD-WAN business for more than 15 years and has successfully deployed 10,000+ devices world-wide, thereby assuring enterprises that the SD-WAN technology is mature and ready to implement

As connected devices proliferate, data flows continue to expand and security concerns rise. Software-defined networks solve many of the problems that come with the increasing complexity of today’s networks. Legitimate concerns about SD-WAN have hindered wide-spread adoption to date, but the Avaya SDN Fx + FatPipe SD-WAN solution alleviates issues and presents enterprises with options for a next-generation hybrid wide area network. From Datacenter-to-Desktop™, Avaya SDN Fx + FatPipe SD-WAN delivers the benefits of software-defined networking today.

11 Aug

Delta Airline’s Massive Network Disaster Could Have Been Avoided

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Recently, Delta airlines had a massive network disaster. This is one of the most prominent public examples of business disruption. The airline said the power failure originated at its headquarters in Atlanta, and crashed the entire network. The airline system failed and the back-up systems failed to switch over. It is always better to have a Business Continuity plan in place prior to any disaster.

FatPipe Site-to-Site failover enables companies to plan for back-up data centers without any interruption. This ensures that all web and other incoming traffic is re-directed to the back-up site. Site-to-site failover and load balancing together can help IT Managers to survive this type of disaster, especially customer facing operations, as all the operations will fail over to the back up site.

25 Jan

Conduct your own investigation

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SD-WAN is the new hot acronym in wide area networking that makes complex deployments very simple. With SD-WAN several companies are offering this technology with its components such as encryption, WAN path control, application performance routing, optimization and overlay networks to the customers leaving it difficult for them to choose on.  Their decisions might go wrong in choosing one that promises absolute success. But with little awareness and consideration of some important factors the consumers can select a solution that is appropriate for the product they wish for.

The primary thing that a customer needs to know about the vendor is how long have they been in SD-WAN market offering this solution and how do they support the business at times without leaving the network in peril. Even if the vendor claims that he has countless number of customers always check for the genuine ones and avoid pit falls. Be cautious while learning about the vendors patents and try to know whether they have the patents covering their technology? Or else they are violating someone else’s patents. At the same time make sure that your company is not exposed to intellectual property violation which may get you into trouble. So make sure that the product offered by the vendors is a good fit before you actually deploy it in your existing network.

According to analysts, FatPipe SD-WAN solutions bring together all the components under a single umbrella in a single easy to deploy solution.

 

11 Jan

FatPipe Security: FIPS 140-2 & Web Filtering

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The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2, (FIPS PUB 140-2), is a U.S. and Canadian concerted effort to impart computer security standard helps impute cryptographic modules for hardware and software products, issued and published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) U.S. and has been embraced by the Canadian government’s Communication Security Establishment (CSE). FIPS is concurrently administered by NIST and CSE under the parasol of the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP).

FatPipe web filter can monitor and screen SSL/HTTPS web pages and enforces internet usage policy by blocking access to websites and internet application. The content can be blocked by site using URLS and specific file types. FatPipe encryption supports AES, 3DES, SHA1 and MD5. It provides standard encryption with IPSec and GRE encapsulation and can establish VPN/GRE tunnels with 3rd party security appliances while undergoing FIPS 140-2 certification. FatPipe cloud hosted security enhances cloud-based firewall and SWG deployments where the traffic is tunneled to cloud gateway using GRE or IPSec tunnels and trusted locations can be propagated to branches for more efficient routing. FatPipe products are FIPS 140-2 certification pending.