Building Smarter WAN Connectivity
Building Smarter WAN Connectivity



An introduction to WAN link management

and its benefits for IT decision makers

 

1. Executive Summary

 

The relentless pressure to reduce costs, increase network performance, improve productivity, and meet regulatory

requirements and business continuity needs are a constant battle for the information technology and telecommunications

groups of any organizations. Technologies have emerged to help solve these requirements but in many cases they have

proven to be inefficient, difficult, unsecured or expensive.

 

With the Layer-2 link balancing technologies that have entered the market place in the past few years, these objectives

now can be met and exceeded, while reducing the complexity of telecommunications infrastructures. Wide Area Networks

(WANs) can now enjoy the same levels of performance and reliability as Local Area Networks (LANs). This document

explores how organizations can benefit from Layer-2 link management and its applications to build smarter WAN i

mplementations.

 

2. A quick history of link balancing, BGP, needs and bandwidth requirements

 

Since the mid-90’s, businesses been relying heavily on the Internet and its many diverse uses. With this new business medium

came some new challenges, especially in the field of bandwidth management, where organizations need to ensure the availability

of Internet access for their users, applications and business transactions. The challenge is the result of a single point of failure

strategy still widely followed today, which involves the use of a single provider and link to the Internet. This strategy puts

businesses and their branch offices at risk of being a victim of downtime due for a variety of reasons such as damaged lines,

link saturation, equipment defects and logical errors (routing, provisioning errors).

Organizations need to assume that their links will fail

for some period of time every year, where 99.5%

reliability results in nearly 2 days of downtime. This

amount of downtime may lead to an array of

consequences depending of the type of organization,

from mild productivity decreases to significant losses

of business related to the unavailability of systems

required to perform transactions. E-commerce now

represents overall transactions in the billions of

dollars each year, and many businesses are

dependent on this revenue stream.

 

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The Elfiq Approach

Elfiq Networks is recognized for its innovative and refreshing approach to the link balancing product category. Through extensive research and development, a better method of balancing has been conceived enabling a true inline business continuity appliance which will keep your organization running, even if the unit loses power.  That is what we like to call "Building Smarter Networks". This approach based on handling link management at Layer-2 of the OSI model combined with Elfiq’s exclusive feature set enables benefits for any organization requiring management of multiple telecommunications circuits.   Through this integration the Primary Link concept was developed to bring integration into existing networks into a new level of simplicity and efficiency. Benefits of this approach include:

Lowest implementation costs

Lightning-fast throughput

Maximum equipment uptime

Maximum uptime