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3 Reasons Why SD-WAN is the Future of Enterprise WAN

Posted by on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 with 0 Comments

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3 Reasons Why SD-WAN Is the Future of Enterprise WAN
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Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) is revolutionizing networking – replacing legacy networks with a secure, scalable and easy-to-deploy solution.

If you are exhausted with the complexity of your current infrastructure, expensive bandwidth, and unpredictable network performance, our SD-WAN solution is just what you need. Download our free eBook to find out more about this emerging technology.

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  • Why branch networks need an SD-WAN solution
  • How your business can benefit from SD-WAN
  • Top 10 things to consider for SD-WAN deployment

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Advantages of Software-Defined-WAN for the Enterprise

Posted by on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 with 0 Comments

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Software Defined-WAN (SD-WAN) is transforming the way enterprises approach WAN deployments by increasing performance and capacity while reducing complexity and costs. In recent years, new enterprise use-cases and traffic patterns have exposed limitations of traditional WAN solutions. SD-WAN is enabling companies to leverage the internet and the cloud to deliver enterprise-grade WAN in a way that simplifies branch office deployment while increasing the performance of both private data center apps and public apps such as Office 365, Salesforce, and AWS.

Traditional WANs do not provide the dynamic architecture required by today’s IT organizations to deploy and support private and public applications in branch locations. Furthermore, network costs continue to rise as more applications, bandwidth, locations, and hardware are added to the mix. Even more frustrating to IT personnel is the inherent complexity of traditional WAN solutions. With multiple vendors and numerous single-function devices located inside each office, managing these resources becomes increasingly difficult and costly. Combine these issues with degraded cloud app performance – due to hairpinning through the data center – and staff are working more to solve problems than driving IT initiatives that move the company forward.

SD-WAN technology provides numerous advantages that help IT organizations overcome the challenges associated with a traditional WAN solution. Here are just a few:

  1. Simplified Branch Networking: The box-by-box configuration of wide area networks across multiple locations is complex and requires significant resources to provision, deploy, and support.  SD-WAN provides IT departments with centralized monitoring, visibility and cloud control enabling branch offices to be provisioned faster with zero-touch deployment while also delivering automatic business policy and firmware updates, link remediation, and increased capacity.

    In doing so, businesses can activate new branches in minutes using cloud orchestration, which offers a significantly automated installation, configuration, and maintenance capability.  This simplified configuration approach – along with single-pane-of-glass monitoring tools – provides a more streamlined approach to WAN management and decreases the resources needed to manage branch office networks. In doing so, businesses can activate new branches in minutes using cloud orchestration, which offers a significantly automated installation, configuration, and maintenance capability.  This simplified configuration approach – along with single-pane-of-glass monitoring tools – provides a more streamlined approach to WAN management and decreases the resources needed to manage branch office networks.

  2. Improved Application Performance:

    Public cloud applications – such as VoIP, video, and desktop sharing – are putting new pressures traditional WAN architectures, which weren’t designed to provide predictable and consistent cloud app performance.  In response, SD-WAN auto-detects the fastest network path on a sub-second basis to optimize branch-to-cloud application performance.   Automatic per-packet link steering and on-demand remediation provide Application Assurance while forward error correction (FEC) and jitter buffering ensure that QoS policies are achieved for voice, video, and other applications.

  3. Reduced Costs: SD-WAN enables you to significantly reduce the costs associated with traditional WAN solutions. First, using the public internet to create enterprise-grade WANs enables many companies to reduce or eliminate costly MPLS networks.  Furthermore, an SD-WAN Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) deployment eliminates CapEx, as well as technology obsolescence and hardware sprawl.  And, by increasing application and network performance, businesses minimize costly downtime associated with throttled bandwidth and slow-running applications.

    Finally, companies can deploy SD-WAN in minutes, not days or weeks, with “zero-touch” capability.  A single-pane-of-glass orchestrator greatly increases management and control while eliminating the need for other costly NMS platforms and unnecessary truck rolls for maintenance and configuration.  Finally, by shifting network functions out of the branch, companies significantly decrease the cost of hardware for each office and the need for onsite technical personnel.

This free eBook is an easy-to-read, jargon-free crash course in all things SD-WAN.

Software-Defined WAN is more than just another IT buzzword, it is a paradigm-shift in WAN technology. Cloud-delivered SD-WAN is enabling IT organizations to tackle new use-cases and traffic patterns that traditional WANs cannot adequately support. Enterprises have realized they can also solve for complexity, performance, and cost using SD-WAN.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of SD-WAN, give Mosaic NetworX a call today at 800-688-3770.

Mosaic NetworX Debuts Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solution

Posted by on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 with 1 Comments

LARKSPUR, CA–(Marketwired – February 9, 2016) – Mosaic NetworX, a full-service telecommunications and IT infrastructure service provider, today announced the launch of its new Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) service offering. Delivered as a Network-as-a Service (NaaS), the Mosaic SD-WAN solution is an intelligent network service that enables organizations to increase application performance and available bandwidth while significantly reducing network costs and complexity. Using cloud-based SD-WAN technology, Mosaic NetworX delivers a turn-key solution that simplifies branch office deployment while simultaneously improving connectivity to the data center and cloud applications. Combined with centralized orchestration, Mosaic delivers zero-touch branch deployment along with Business Policy automation for over 3000 enterprise and cloud applications.

Market projections from Gartner, a research and advisory firm, indicate that by the end of 2019, approximately 30 percent of enterprises will use SD-WAN products in all of their branches* and analysts from IDC estimate that the spend will reach $8 billion in revenue by 2018.**

“SD-WAN enables us to offer a new generation of agile networking solutions, improving both application performance and cost efficiencies for mid-market, multi-location enterprises,” said Brian Erickson, CEO of Mosaic NetworX. “Our turnkey SD-WAN solution enables companies to gain simplicity, performance, and control while reducing operating costs, and with no capex impact.”

Utilizing any combination of Internet, MPLS, and wireless networks, the Mosaic NetworX SD-WAN solution enables customers to easily realize the benefits of SD-WAN technology, including:

  • Simplicity: “Zero-Touch” deployment for branch offices using remote provisioning and monitoring via Cloud-based Orchestration platform.
  • Improved Performance: Application-aware, deep packet inspection enables enterprise-grade performance using public networks to provide a superior experience for unified communications, videoconferencing, and demanding cloud-applications.
  • Security: Standards-based encryption provides secure connectivity over any type of transport.
  • Reduced Operational Costs: Leverage both MPLS and the Internet to aggregate WAN capacity, or migrate to 100% public network creating enterprise-grade performance with commodity bandwidth and zero capex.
  • Scalability: Quickly implement business policy changes, QoS, software updates, and new sites. Start with a single branch and easily scale as you grow.

SD-WAN Diagram

“With Mosaic NetworX’s SD-WAN service, we are leveraging the success in our core networking business by taking those services and seamlessly combining them with SD-WAN technology to offer a turn-key Network-as-a-Service,” said Brian Erickson, CEO of Mosaic NetworX. “The demand for SD-WAN technology is expanding and we believe that Mosaic NetworX’s offering positions us for great success.”

Additionally, Mosaic NetworX offers professional IT consulting services to help organizations best leverage its SD-WAN service, including network design, implementation, assessment, strategy, and other key functions. Coupled with its established industry-leading portfolio of infrastructure solutions, this product launch solidifies Mosaic NetworX’s position as a trusted provider of innovative and high-performance network solutions.

For more information on the Mosaic NetworX SD-WAN solution, please visit mosaicnetworx.com/sd-wan or contact Mosaic NetworX directly by emailing sales@mosaicnetworx.com.

*Gartner Inc., Market Guide for Software-Defined WAN, December 1, 2015
**IDC, Worldwide Software-Defined Networking Market Expected to Reach $8 Billion by 2018, August 2014

About Mosaic NetworX
Mosaic NetworX consistently delivers industry-leading strategic infrastructure services. Distinguishing itself from service providers that offer restrictive one-size-fits-all solutions, Mosaic’s experts work with clients to architect secure, agile solutions that meet each business’s individual IT infrastructure and communication needs. Mosaic NetworX functions as a single point-of-contact, offering scalable and customized voice, data, mobile messaging, cloud, and WAN solutions.

Software-Defined Networking: A Good Fit for Businesses of All Sizes

Posted by on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 with 0 Comments

Software-defined networking is mature enough to where the technology is fulfilling the promise to centralize and simplify management of business networks. However, more than a few IT managers, in particular those working for small- and medium-sized businesses, do not feel software-defined networking is an option. They are under the impression software-defined networking only makes sense for enterprise operations with huge budgets and plenty of IT staff to manage the operation.

That sentiment may have been true at one time, but is no longer the case. Most if not all the costly growing pains have been eliminated, allowing software-defined networking to develop into a powerful tool for organizations of any size.

Software-Defined Networking in Simple Terms

The best way to explain Software-Defined Networking (SDN) might be a brief history of where and why SDN originated. In the mid to late 1990s, researchers were developing new network protocols for the Internet Engineering Task Force. The work involved a significant amount of testing, adjusting, and testing again. Each alteration required the researchers to change physically one or more networking components and/or their configuration.

Trying to save time, the clever engineers figured out how to control the individual hardware devices via a network-wide management software program. This meant the physical hardware never needed to be swapped out. The researchers simply reprogrammed the management software for each new test. Before long, astute business-types discovered what the researchers were doing, saw immense potential, and commercialized the technology.

Current terminology divides SDN into two components — Control Layer and Infrastructure Layer. SDx Central, a good source of information and for all things software-defined and the diagram to the right offers the following Mosaic NetworX SDNdescriptions:

  • Control Layer: The management software responsible for routing and switching all network traffic.
  • Infrastructure Layer: The physical components (routers and switches) that carry network traffic.

That’s SDN in a nutshell.

Is There an Economic Benefit?

SDN’s capabilities are impressive, but most companies do not reconfigure their network multiple times a day. That said, Arthur Cole, networking expert and technology writer offers a reason that will of interest, especially to C-Level management. “Calculating the economic benefit of SDN should be quite easy,” mentions Cole. “Start with the cost of the networking hardware SDN will make redundant: add to that the reduction in labor costs for network management, application provisioning, and other relevant ancillary functions; then subtract the total from the cost of SDN implementation, operation, and management.”

After doing the math, SDN typically comes out ahead because of:

  • Reduced capital costs from replacing specialized equipment with SDN-controlled commodity switching and routing devices
  • Increased savings in real estate, power, cooling, and cabling

The Operational Benefits 

Engineers mention that digital networks are like fingerprints, no two are alike. Moreover, setting up networks with individually-programmed routers and switches is complicated regardless of the company’s size.

SDN removes that individuality, allowing administrators, local or remote, to configure the network to meet any networking needs of the business. For example, a common occurrence is granting outside contractors remote access to the company network. Using SDN, that takes seconds, as does limiting what contractors can access.

A wise mentor mentioned that when a network is misbehaving the first question should be, “What has changed?” Before SDN technology was available, that required checking each device’s operation until the “what has changed” was found. SDN allows real-time analysis of network patterns and traffic loads, enabling administrators to see what changed and make appropriate corrections from a central command screen.

Simplified Security and Policy Management

A common witticism is that digital bad guys have it easy, they only need to find one weakness to penetrate an organization’s network. The good guys have to find and defend all weaknesses as soon as they surface. To help in that regard, Jon Oltsik, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and known for his expertise in IT security, champions CISO Triad — a security model based on the following three principles:

  • Security efficacy (i.e., risk management and incident detection/response)
  • Operational efficiency (i.e., facilitating the right processes and methodologies to allow the security team to work smarter and not harder)
  • Business enablement (i.e., ensuring security is built into business processes that leverage IT resources)

“In my humble opinion, SDN-enabled security has the potential to add tremendous value in all three of these areas,” mentions Oltsik. “If that’s not a ‘killer app,’ I don’t know what is.”

Oltsik asked IT professionals what security feature allowed by SDN they found to be the most helpful:

  • 28 percent: Blocking malicious traffic from endpoints while allowing normal traffic flows
  • 28 percent: Auditing policy and conflict detection/resolution
  • 23 percent: Centralizing network security, service policy, and configuration management
  • 23 percent: Automating network security remediation tasks
  • 23 percent: Managing network segmentation to increase security

One can see a common thread from the features selected by the security professionals. All the chosen features make use of SDN’s “management agility.”

Managing the SDN

It’s time to circle back to one of the original concerns — SDN sounds great, but only if there are “plenty of IT personnel” to install and operate the SDN platform. This is where companies like Mosaic NetworX are an advantage. They take all the pain-points of SDN design, implementation, and testing away.

Another advantage, in particular for smaller companies with little or no internal IT support, is contracting suppliers like Mosaic NetworX to run the system as well as provide service and support.

Attribution:

https://www.sdxcentral.com

https://www.sdxcentral.com/flow/sdn-software-defined-networking/?utm_source=pink_ball&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=links&utm_content=sdn-software-defined-networking

http://www3.cs.stonybrook.edu/~phillipa/CSE534/sdnhistory.pdf

http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/netsysm/making-the-business-case-for-sdn-1.html

http://www.esg-global.com/author/jon-oltsik/

Mosaic NetworX Launches Enterprise Messenger, Bringing a New Class of Workplace Messaging to the Business World

Posted by on Friday, April 24th, 2015 with 0 Comments

Instantly Text Colleagues and Customers Using Your Existing Business Phone Number

LARKSPUR, CA–(Marketwired – April 21, 2015) – Mosaic NetworX, a full-service telecommunications and IT infrastructure service provider, today announced the launch of Enterprise Messenger. The service represents a pioneering approach to business messaging. Enterprise Messenger allows users to leverage their existing business phone numbers on any device and to send and receive messages from customers and colleagues worldwide. Enterprise Messenger improves business communications by separating professional and personal text messages, while using one application for internal and external messaging.

The majority of professionals already use text messaging for business communications; however, there is a growing tension between personal and professional texting. By separating personal and business texting identities, professionals no longer need to share their personal mobile information with prospects and clients — and can better manage professional and personal responses.

“Mosaic NetworX is pleased to introduce this comprehensive business messaging solution to our suite of Mobility and Voice services. We strive to design business solutions that improve our customers’ technical, operational, and business efficiency — we are confident that Enterprise Messenger will help clients realize those efficiencies through increased productivity and collaboration. Enterprise Messenger will allow businesses to provide their employees with one number for all inter-company and external messaging needs,” said Brian Erickson, CEO of Mosaic NetworX. “The service easy to use and getting started is simple. Enterprise Messenger does not require any special equipment or technical expertise.”

Companies are increasingly sensitive to security and workplace privacy. Enterprise Messenger allows users to seamlessly send and receive messages across multiple devices with the additional security created by 256bit encryption. Furthermore, when archiving is important for compliance, messages can be optionally stored according to each company’s specific corporate retention policies. Enterprise Messenger requires NO infrastructure investments, technical knowledge, or complex integration with existing systems.

Businesses are encouraged to contact Mosaic NetworX to discuss how they can take advantage of this cutting-edge, messaging platform and sign-up for a 30-day free trial.

To learn more about how Mosaic NetworX’s Enterprise Messenger can help your organization, visit http://mosaicnetworx.com/enterprise-messenger or contact Mosaic NetworX directly by texting them at 800-688-3770 or emailing sales@mosaicnetworx.com.

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Mosaic NetworX consistently delivers industry-leading strategic infrastructure services. Distinguishing themselves from service providers offering restrictive one-size-fits-all solutions, Mosaic’s experts work with clients to architect secure, agile solutions that meet each business’s individual IT infrastructure and communication needs. Mosaic functions as a single point of contact, offering scalable and customized voice, data, mobile messaging, cloud, and WAN solutions.

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