Some of you may have seen earlier blogs, and even the
Broadband-Testing report, on our recently acquired US client Talari Networks,
whose technology basically lets you combine multiple broadband Internet
connections (and operators) to give you the five-nine's levels of reliability
(and performance) associated with them damnedly expensive MPLS-based networks,
for a lot less dosh.
You can actually connect up to eight different operators, though
according to Talari, this was not enough for one potential customer who said
"but what if all eight networks go down at the same time?" Would
dread having to provide the budget for that bloke's dinner parties - "yes
I know we've only got four guests, but I thought we should do 24 of each
course, just in case there's a failure or two..."
Anyway - one potential issue (other than paranoia) for some was
the entry cost; not crazy money but not pennies either. So, it makes sense for
Talari to move "up" in the world, so that the relative entry cost is
less significant and that's exactly what they've done with the launch of the
high(er)-end Talari Mercury T5000 - a product designed for applications such as call
centres that have the utmost requirements for reliability and performance and
where that entry cost is hugely insignificant once it saves a few outages; or
even just the one.
If you still haven't got wot
they do, in Talari-ese it provides "end-to-end QoS across multiple,
simultaneous, disparate WAN networks, combining them into a seamless constantly
monitored secure virtual WAN". Or, put another way, it gives you
more resilience (and typically more performance) than an MPLS-based network for
a lot lower OpEx.
So where exactly does it play? The T5000
supports bandwidth aggregation up to 3.0Gbps upstream/3.0 Gbps downstream
across, of course, up to eight WAN connections. It also acts as a control unit
for all other Talari appliances, including the T510 for SOHO and small branch
offices, and the T730, T750 and T3000 for large branch offices and
corporate/main headquarters, for up to 128 branch connections.
I's pretty flexible then, and just to
double-check, we're going to be let loose on the new product in the new year,
so watcheth this space...