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Mushroom Networks Predictions: 2013 will be a breakout year for WAN virtualization

VMblog Predictions

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2013.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Dr. Cahit Jay Akin, co-founder and chief executive officer of Mushroom Networks

2013 will be a breakout year for WAN virtualization

2013 will be an important year for WAN virtualization.

The term "virtualization" has been historically used for describing technologies where a group of physical assets are intelligently managed by a software layer for a simpler, more efficient and better performing presentation of the resources to the higher layers. As an example server virtualization describes the overlay software layer on top of many servers (or alternatively creating multiple virtual instances from a single server) that presents a simple interface to the applications that utilize it.

As demand for bandwidth resources continues to be a pain-point for many organizations running managed services, on-site/off-site data centers, and a host of new communication apps combining video and voice, the concept of virtualization will extend into the WAN.  At this time, services such as MPLS and direct fiber address bandwidth issues but are extremely expensive to implement.

WAN virtualization adds intelligence and management on top of real WAN resources (DSL, Cable, T1, Wireless etc.) providing a simple, higher performance IP pipe to applications that are using Internet connectivity. With WAN virtualization (using Broadband Bonding techniques) various number of Internet lines can be bonded into a single connection. This provides faster connectivity (the sum of all the line speeds) as well as an intelligent management of the latency within the tunnel. WAN Virtualization / Broadband Bonding is quickly becoming a must have technology tool for any IT manager or business owner in today's cloud-based information business world we live in.

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About the Author

Dr. Cahit Jay Akin, is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Mushroom Networks, a privately held company based in San Diego, CA, providing high-performance broadband solutions to a range of Internet connection applications.  www.mushroomnetworks.com 

Published Friday, December 21, 2012 6:20 AM by David Marshall
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WAN Virtualization will grow exponentially in 2013Mushroom Networks Blog - (Author's Link) - December 28, 2012 6:30 PM
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