Have you ever heard of a provider being able to deliver SD-WAN for VoIP only? I didn’t think so. Not until NOW!
BNCVoice is leading the industry partnering with Peplink and White Label Communications to deliver an SD-WAN product strictly for VoIP services, which connects directly to all of our VoIP Data Centers!
The BNCDirect SD-WAN Difference
- Direct Access to our Geo-Redundant Data Centers
- Minimize Unstable Hops on the Public Internet
- Bandwidth Bonding Upstream to the Data Centers
- Hot Failover within the SD-WAN Link
- WAN Smoothing Technology
- 256-AES Voice encryption Direct to the Data Centers for Compliance
- Very Affordable for the Small to Medium Size Businesses
- Future-proofed Compliance for Professional Services Companies
What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN is short for “Software Defined Wide Area Network”. SD-WAN as a technology has been around for a few years but is still the future of how businesses use internet access.
How Does It Work?
SD-WAN’s purpose was designed to allow the SMB and Enterprise business community get rid of their T1’s, T3’s, and MPLS circuits that cost thousands per month. This is done by coming down market with internet access services. Now businesses can purchase multiple internet access circuits such as cable, fiber, LTE, etc and still be cheaper than having just one MPLS circuit. On top of that businesses can now have local network internet redundancy and enjoy prioritizing specified packets across their network such as VoIP or RSTP packets.
SD-WAN was designed originally for Enterprise networks to have VPN access across their networks, prioritize packets, save money on their internet access, while at the same time gaining local internet redundancy at each site.
This is great but what about the rest of us? Years have gone by and technology has changed. Techies in certain industries have figured out how to harness the power of affordable SD-WAN in different ways for the SMB (Small Medium Business) community.
Standard SD-WAN Environment
In the standard SD-WAN environment the SD-WAN solution provider will require you to install an edge device at your location(s) (this is similar to a firewall). Once these edge device(s) can speak to the internet then they will automatically connect the the provider’s SD-WAN private network (VPN). The client can now configure the edge device(s) to prioritize which type of applications get priority over others. This creates a great Qos environment. BUT…
Why SD-WAN Isn’t Huge Yet
SD-WAN providers tend to be very expensive. The usual rate is anywhere from $300-600 per/month per/internet service provider (ISP) that connects into their edge device(s) that sit at your site(s). On top of that you are paying for your ISP circuits. Another thing to keep in mind is that all of the packets that are now traversing your SD-WAN provider’s network have to go all the way back to their data center(s) and then to their destination creating latency due to farther round trip packet delivery.
BNCVoice has been a partner with Peplink for years. Peplink creates some of the best traffic load balancing devices in the world along with many other major benefits for VoIP. Patent pending SpeedFusion technology is what makes the difference. BNCVoice applies all of the unique features you have just read about directly to our data centers. This allows our customers access to technology that very few businesses enjoy.
Why is SpeedFusion Different?
If the SD-WAN VPN connection to the data centers breaks for whatever reason there is no degradation of service. The Peplink Balance devices are configured so that all traffic is sent outbound through the SD-WAN VPN link direct to the BNCVoice Data Centers. The fail-over is set to your local internet providers in the case of the SD-WAN VPN disconnect (which is rare). Once the BNCDirect SD-WAN link establishes again, all traffic will automatically revert back to the SD-WAN VPN link accordingly, while never losing your call.
Other SD-WAN technology doesn’t allow for this granular load balancing of specified traffic.
WAN Smoothing is a technology where you can replicate all packets traversing the SD-WAN link and if the initial packet drops then the secondary packet will fill it’s place for the ultimate Qos experience.
Bandwidth Bonding is the ability to bond your upstream bandwidth to the data centers which opens up a larger pipe for voice traffic. Upstream bandwidth is important for voice quality of service. If you have a 100/100 Mbps fiber circuit and 100/35 cable circuit then your upstream bandwidth to the BNCVoice Data Centers will roughly be 120-130 Mbps. This is lower than 135 Mbps to include some overhead.
Hot Fail-Over is the ability for the SD-WAN SpeedFusion tunnel to choose the best possible route to the data center(s) with the lowest latency. If your call initiates on your local fiber circuit and then the fiber degrades during the call then the call session will automatically fail-over to the the link that has lower latency and your call will not drop. The more WAN links at your site, the better the chance that your calls will find a better quality route to the data centers.