Accelerate and Improve your Network | SD-WAN

Decrease MPLS dependencies, make your network Application-Aware, and deploy Real-Time network monitoring and control

Apcela’s SD-WAN services provide customers with transport, load-balancing based on traffic, applications, impairments, or other policies 

Software-Defined WAN simplifies enterprise networking for hybrid IT, while improving both performance and security. AppHUBs are the foundation of Apcela’s global SD-WAN overlay platform. Every enterprise endpoint is connected to an AppHUB with Apcela’s SD-WAN Edge solution operating over your choice of access medium including MPLS, Ethernet Private or Virtual Private Lines, Dedicated Internet Access, Local Broadband Internet, or Cellular data connections. With dynamic path selection, the SD-WAN Edge arbitrates across multiple access links based on policies you define around latency, jitter, and packet loss. With application and user level QoS, you’ll see improved application performance and simple integration with existing security platforms. Our SD-WAN Edge offers zero-touch provisioning on x86 terminating devices and simplifies the provisioning of endpoint VPNs.

“Plan for the edge to become a growing part of your hybrid IT portfolio”

Source: Gartner Tech Growth & Innovation Conference

Software-Defined WAN

Global Reach. Improved Transport Options.

Intelligent Pathway Control. Automated Provisioning. Distributed Security. 

Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) is a making its way into the mainstream of networking. Find out how Apcela’s offerings can benefit your company. SD-WAN offers a dramatic shift towards simplicity, flexibility, improved performance, and cost optimization. Also, coupled with Apcela Performance Monitoring and WAN capabilities, Apcela’s SD-WAN will enable application level SLAs that companies desire. Apcela supports a broad range of SD-WAN configurations, and can operate as a managed service or as an equipment provider. 

 

How do you deliver applications without sacrificing speed or security?

It depends on your architecture.

Is SD-WAN Right for You?

Decrease expensive MPLS dependencies, make your network application-aware, and implement real-time network monitoring and control.  

SD-WAN at the Edge

Improve transport options, control pathways intelligently, automate provisioning, and optimize security with SD-WAN at the edge. 

Software-Defined, Low-Latency Global Network

An award winning global network built to support the exacting standards of the capital markets for delivery of very high performance securites trading applications. Honed over the last decade through continuous upgrades to the newest and lowest-latency, optimized fiber routes across 65+ carriers worldwide, providing a highly meshed interconnection architecture spanning 41 countries and 185 markets. Today’s hybrid IT environment requires networking speed and performance. Apcela delivers on that promise with latency, jitter and packet loss guarantees.

SD-WAN Service Features

Low-Latency Global Network

Move to the next generation of enterprise networking — the networkless network. Accelerating applications in a hybrid IT environment requires speed and performance, and Apcela’s SD-WAN portfolio is a flexible, scalable and cost-effective solution that solves access and performance challenges – both within the enterprise and for remote users. With SD-WAN, your users can bypass the public Internet with superior throughput, reliability and security. High bandwidth and options to scale capacity ensure optimal performance for public and hybrid cloud solutions.

AppHubs

AppHUBs are Apcela’s next generation communication hubs. They also act as access points onto the Apcela network. These “data centers in the cloud” are built inside network and cloud service provider dense carrier-neutral data centers. They are the foundation of Apcela’s global SD-WAN overlay platform. Every enterprise endpoint is connected to an AppHUB with Apcela’s SD-WAN Edge solution.

 

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Distributed Security

Enterprises adopting a hybrid IT model need to extend the security perimeter closer to remote users and cloud based applications. The complexity and cost of deploying and managing additional firewalls and related security services, however, deters the efficient placement of platforms beyond the perimeter of the enterprise data center or the at the local branch. Apcela can use SD-WAN to extend your existing security policies closer to the edge, cloud applications, and distributed users, without the need to deploy and manage additional firewalls, or third party cloud security software often incompatible with existing security policies. Take your security and application performance to the next level with Apcela’s Distributed Security Service.

Performance Monitoring

With applications, data, and users deployed across hybrid IT environments, monitoring and managing application performance takes on a whole new level of complexity. Apcela’s SD-WAN overlay products, AppSensor and EAP, create a distributed network telemetry and monitoring solution that constantly scans and reports network and application performance. Actively monitor user connectivity to mission and business critical applications so you can course-correct before users notice any issues and before the IT help desk can escalate.

Edge Computing

According to Gartner, edge computing will be a necessary requirement for all digital businesses over the next five years. Apcela’s SD-WAN extends to the edge, and is highly complimentary to your core cloud computing platform(s). Distribute applications and/or data across a globally distributed local IT environment for low-latency access to corporate resources from every point on the network. Built on high performance hyper-converged architecture, your distributed compute platform can handle any workload.

Cloud Gateways

Apcela Cloud Gateways empower applications requiring resources from multiple cloud service providers and/or availability zones for production, backup, or disaster recovery. Our gateways are powered by 1-10 Gbps of direct connectivity into IaaS providers, and direct peering with most major SaaS platforms. Cloud Gateways bypass the public Internet and its inherent obstacles like congestion, DDoS attacks, and network attacks, to speed up cloud applications between 10-40x.

SD-WAN Benefits

 

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Simplicity

SD-WAN shifts network control from complex, command line-driven tasks to simple, task-based, and policy-controlled operations in a rich, web-based interface. This change simplifies management and enables faster time to service with reduced complexity and downtime from human errors.

Superior Performance

One of the most important advantages of SD-WAN is that it can provide intelligent path control that steers traffic based on applications, priorities and performance.  This will significantly simplify the process of optimizing traffic flows as Itron migrates applications to the cloud.

Cost Optimization

SD-WAN is compatible with a broad range of transport options, including Internet. Many companies deploy hybrid infrastructure, in which high priority and performance-sensitive traffic is passed over private networks with the remaining traffic traversing lower-cost Internet connections. This enables optimization of the private network and considerable cost savings, while still delivering redundancy at 99.99% availability. Our enterprise customers have especially benefited from this through the use of DIAs and lower cost Internet connections at remote locations without compromising on performance and latency. SD-WAN has allowed those remote locations to be an integral part of the private secure WAN through the extension of the overlay to the edge.

Agility

Traditional WANs are fixed, rigid, and centered on internal data centers. SD-WAN nodes can be turned up and down in days, deployments can be automated, and security will be delivered via end-to-end full mesh encryption.   

Featured Resources

Apcela Guide: SD-WAN Security Options

Understanding Security Options in Different Networking Architectures

As enterprises shift more of their workloads to the cloud, they must also evaluate their networking architecture. Companies have several options for deploying security, all of which have trade-offs in terms of cost, performance, and more

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