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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
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
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.
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.