Your Apps Deserve Better!

               So, you have an app that is a thorn in your networks side. No matter what you do with it, strip it down to basic, compress it, WAN optimize it or throw it in the cloud it still underperforms. Your users start to complain, and your emails start to pile up with trouble tickets. You look at your network of 10 locations and don’t want to throw money at the circuits so what do you do? I’ll give you 3 ways to improve your app performance.

Palo Alto P800 Firewall

Palo Alto P800 Firewall

               First you can take a look at your internal network hardware and the versions you are running. If your router or firewall can only handle a 10/100 throughput then that could be your problem. Imagine your app is stuck on the onramp to the 405 and you know for a fact you’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Same concept for the app that is trying to pass through the network for your employees, if it’s stuck at the port and squeezing and inching its digital way through then it’ll be slow. Spend the money and upgrade your hardware and free up your app so your users can do their job. Asking for money is never easy but your CFO or COO will appreciate it if you could help the workforce be more productive and ultimately make money for the business.

               Next you could do what everyone does if you already have the hardware to support larger bandwidth and throughput. Upgrade your internet or transport circuits! Your favorite fiber provider will be happy to assist in your new or upgrade request and this solution will work since you are opening the lanes of the internet highway. However, the internet is congested beyond anything we can tangibly imagine and if the provider you chose vastly oversubscribes the network then you’ll still see performance issues. When a network is oversubscribed the provider has 10, 20, 30 customers per 1 link and you’re left at the mercy of people you don’t know and the habits they have on the internet. If you’re seeing massive slow down at around 3pm and you work by any sort of school, you know kids are likely playing video games online. That chews up all of your bandwidth for the business application you’re trying to improve upon. Don’t give up, there’s a better solution.

Triple circuit configuration and monitoring - RED is BAD - Green is GOOD - VeloCloud is the WAY

Triple circuit configuration and monitoring - RED is BAD - Green is GOOD - VeloCloud is the WAY

               The solution has been around for a couple of years now and it’s changing the way your business applications flow across the network. Like a dolphin swimming in the ocean, diving, jetting and turning without any care in the world, just doing what dolphins are supposed to do. Your app can be that dolphin with SD-WAN! Software Defined Wide Area Networking, VeloCloud, has figured out how to improve your applications performance across the network with multiple locations. If you don’t want to throw money at a new fiber circuit don’t! Look into what you have already, the VeloCloud device will accept your circuit, and if you are anything like me, having a backup connection will plug in as well. Once this happens, your application is free to do its job for your users as the VeloCloud device will, in real-time, dynamically steer your application to and from congestion and jitter points on your current links. Giving your app the best possible route to your users. AND, if one circuit fails you will get an instantaneous fail-over that your users wouldn’t even notice. Only you, the administrator, the IT Director, and the network guy will see what is happening in real-time.

               When you start to evaluate ways to be more productive across the network you should investigate how SD-WAN will bring you and your customers more value before throwing money at the problem with circuits.

Should you be looking into SD-WAN please email me or visit these websites,  WANIFY and ATLASIP, for more information and insight! Feel free to comment about your experience with SD-WAN in the section below or email me and I’ll get back to you!

Daniel Macias – Telecom Sales Professional