Access "Poor WAN performance? Try virtualisation"
This article is part of the March 2012 issue of Next-generation network management techniques
Like many rural businesses and towns in the UK, accounting firm Whiting & Partners was struggling to find reliable broadband connectivity to ensure WAN performance. Based in eight East Anglian market towns in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, the firm had relied on a Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network with a single DSL-based tail circuit that connected each site. But the MPLS network connection was consistently unreliable, with sites sometimes going down for a week at a time. That simply couldn’t continue, considering the network had to support 16 partners and around 130 staff members. Chris Haydon, IT manager with Whiting & Partners, said: “Due to our rural locations and the low broadband availability, we wanted a solution that would effectively be a back-up offering. In the past, if the MPLS went down, we were unable to access the diagnostics of a router to repair the problem, and the service provider also had trouble getting to the root of the problem. This meant we had to wait for a call-out. For a busy accountancy practice,... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
Idea Lab: 4G spectrum is the government’s most coveted networking asset
by Joe Fernandez
Britain’s networking giants are jostling for position as they await the release of the 4G spectrum auction by Ofcom.
Combining NetFlow and packet analysis boosts network visibility
by Shamus McGillicuddy
Packet analysis may provide a deeper look into the network, but NetFlow analysis can offer a broader view. To achieve even better network visibility the two work best together.
Will the DevOps movement simplify network automation?
by SearchNetworking.com Staff
Until now the DevOps movement has been lead by systems administrators, but now network engineers may find it also eases network automation and cloud orchestration.
Poor WAN performance? Try virtualisation
by Joe Fernandez
One rural accounting firm got fed up with poor broadband connection and WAN performance, so it turned to WAN virtualisation appliances that combine multiple forms of access.
- Idea Lab: 4G spectrum is the government’s most coveted networking asset by Joe Fernandez
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
In this special report, we look at the basics of flash storage – what it is, how it works, who makes it, where to deploy it, how to spec it and how ...
In this week's Computer Weekly, we talk to Royal Mail CIO Catherine Doran as her five-year IT transformation plan comes to fruition. We review ...
In this special report we look at products that merge SSD and spinning disk, and key market trends. First up, Antony Adshead on the big six storage ...