CloudBridge Virtual WAN Solution for “Always On” Availability and Up to 80% Lower WAN Costs

April 30, 2015

In a typical data center-to-branch scenario, broadband is used only for backup or for priority applications because it is not reliable.

In a typical data center-to-branch scenario, broadband is used only for backup or for priority applications because
it is not reliable.

Available as a physical or virtual appliance, the new offering is designed to provide reliability at reasonable cost to server-less remote locations which are about as helpless as Chromebooks if network access is lost.

Citrix has announced its CloudBridge Virtual WAN Edition, designed to scale modern WAN bandwidth issues and provide ‘always-on’ branch availability at a much lower cost than has been the case.

The new CloudBridge Virtual WAN solution provides businesses with the flexibility to employ multiple cost-effective WAN technologies, offering the ability to scale WAN bandwidth at dramatically lower cost than traditional approaches. The solution also ensures the best possible user experience by securely sending mission-critical, delay-sensitive data over the highest performing path.

The new CloudBridge Virtual WAN solution extends the CloudBridge platform and its integration with the company’s HDX and application acceleration technologies, to offer the most cost effective and highest performance solutions for securely delivering mobile workspaces with the applications, documents and IT services people need to work better in remote and branch offices.

To meet the demands of the evolving workplace, enterprises are constantly sharing business-critical information with employees, customers and partners through applications that are bandwidth-intensive. Interactive graphics-laden applications, increased use of HD video streaming, and VoIP consume greater network capacity year after year. Scaling WAN bandwidth is expensive for enterprises, as they have traditionally relied on costly MPLS services to avoid disruption to business and maintain the usability of mission critical applications.

“We began to recognize the problem about two years ago and started to design a solution to the problem,” said Chalan Aras, VP and GM of the CloudBridge Business Unit at Citrix. “Before that, video consumption wasn’t as much of an issue. Companies just wouldn’t let their employees watch videos. So before that, this was only a small opportunity for more advanced customers.”

The change, of course, is that business users began to use more applications consuming a lot more bandwidth, particularly more video for business purposes.

“In areas like retail, video has become the new data sheet,” Aras said. “The challenge with video is that every bit of information is not as valuable as a bit of a voice call or application. But if you don’t have that capacity, you can’t watch video.”

Aras also said that as more and more applications were migrated to the data centres, remote offices have become server-less, complicating the problem.

“It creates an immediate challenge entirely dependent on having network access, because having the network down in these branches is like having a Chromebook offline,” he said. “Having reliable access is a huge question. The question is how to address that issue of reliable connectivity, that ‘always-on’ branch ability.

(Courtesy: NetEvents)

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