Since the lockdown was ordered, the task of empowering millions of people to work from home has been fraught with difficulties and littered with obstacles.
The rush to equip employees with portable devices caused massive shortages and huge hikes in prices. But even those organisations who were lucky enough to be able to get their hands on enough hardware to keep their business rolling have still faced a mountain of problems.
One of the most frequently encountered issues has been with regard to collaborating and communicating with colleagues who are often strewn across the country and beyond. The drive to implement VoIP and videoconferencing has resulted in countless stories of choppy video or audio, missed words, blurred video, pixelated images, jumbled audio, calls being dropped in the middle of a conversation and more.
The cause of all the above can often be attributed directly to poor internet access and the resultant network latency/delay, packet loss and inconsistency, and network congestion due to bandwidth overuse. And unfortunately, the speed and reliability of your internet connection is often dependent on where you live – making your ability to communicate and collaborate with colleagues subject to a postcode lottery.
But now thanks to VeloCloud SD-WAN there is now a solution that puts an end to the frustration, quickly and effectively.
The difference that VeloCloud SD-WAN makes with just 2% packet loss is clear to see.
How VeloCloud SD-WAN smooths the path to clear communications.
Unlike a traditional WAN, the VeloCloud SD-WAN has its roots in Software Defined Networking (SDN), with the underlying principle of abstracting the network hardware and transport characteristics across all applications that use the network.
It has been designed to be a ‘transport-independent’ product that is easy to implement and that permits the use of any type of physical connection, from multi-protocol label switching (MPLS), to cable, to broadband cellular network technology such as 4G.
As a result, no matter whether users are located at head office, a branch outlet, or working from home they can all experience seamless communications and connectivity simply by adding a VeloCloud SD-WAN Edge appliance.
What’s more, this ingenious device can be deployed in just a matter of minutes. You simply plug it in, authenticate and users are up and running without the need for any IT involvement whatsoever.
Once installed it will immediately optimise network traffic and iron out any jitters, even under situations where packet loss would normally make communicating impossible.
See how easy it is to deploy a VeloCloud SD-WAN Edge appliance in the short video above.
Internet connection really poor? Just add a 4G dongle.
Because VeloCloud SD-WAN allows the use of any type of connection, you can add as a many connections for resiliency and load balancing as you like.
For example, if a user is located in an area where the internet connection is notoriously unreliable, you can simply add a 4G dongle into the VeloCloud SD-WAN Edge appliance alongside the standard internet connection and it will automatically deliver optimum load balancing.
During general use it will use both connections sending a portion of the data down one route and a portion down the other. And should one connection fail, it will simply automatically failover onto the other.
And the beauty of it is no matter whether you put a 4G dongle in the back or any other connectivity, it will still retain that VPN between the user and the data centre or office.
Far more than just improved video and audio calls for home workers.
Of course, there’s more to VeloCloud SD-WAN than just improving the quality of audio or video calls, it actually simplifies the implementation of complex remote networks and delivers significant savings to operational costs.
For example, where organisations are provisioning connectivity, with a traditional WAN the lead time for the connectivity can be several months or even up to a year. But with VeloCloud SD-WAN instead of waiting for MPLS connectivity, you can employ standard circuits which have a significantly reduced lead time.
Once these are in place, you simply introduce VeloCloud SD-WAN Edge appliances at your head office, branch offices, data centres and home users. From here, this smart solution automatically establishes a Virtual Private Network (VPN) between all the different sites and users; in other words, it creates a mesh that delivers fully optimised connectivity across your organisation.
Add resiliency to existing MPLS connectivity.
Another benefit is where you have already invested in MPLS connectivity but want to add some resiliency. Just take your existing traditional connectivity, plug it into the back of a VeloCloud SD-WAN Edge and then add and connect a cheaper secondary option. With both connections in place you automatically have load balancing between the two, and should the main connection go down, it automatically failsover to the other.
Optimise your SaaS connectivity.
Another great feature for the enterprise is down to the fact that VeloCloud has provisioned gateways into all the major datacentres across the world, that operate like VeloCloud SD-WAN Edge appliances at that end.
By optimising traffic at both ends, applications such as SaaS run far better than with traditional connections. When you connect to SaaS applications the entire traffic is optimised, the packets are guaranteed and compressed so you get a lot more data out of the link.
Find out how VeloCloud SD-WAN can help keep your entire workforce connected.
VeloCloud SD-WAN is the industry-leading WAN edge services platform for both branch and at home users, delivering simple, reliable, secure, and optimized access to traditional and cloud applications.
Which is why at Quadris we are actively promoting VeloCloud SD-WAN to many of our clients who rely on efficient, secure, and flexible connectivity for their mission-critical IT services and applications.
To find out more about the many benefits of VeloCloud SD-WAN, contact Peter Grayson on 0161 537 4980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org