MPLS vs SDWAN for Internet Service Providers

Getting a grip in the ISP market is a difficult task: Every enterprise needs Internet nowadays to keep their business running but demands vary depending on usage case. Call centers have other requirements for their Internet connectivity than, for instance, banks or food retailers, and equally numerous and diverse are ISPs that tailor their product range for specific use cases. In order to get their fair share, it’s most important for them to dissociate themselves from the big classic ISPs that, in most of the times, are responsible for the underlying network infrastructure, be it landlines or mobile networks. To accomplish that, smaller ISPs need to offer more than just an Internet connection, they need to offer significantly more service and flexibility to their customers.

At the moment, MPLS is the big ISPs’ state-of-the-art connectivity solution. Enterprises in need of company connectivity with service level agreements are in most cases given an MPLS solution that replaces what a few years ago have been leased lines. Unfortunately, MPLS often takes time for installation; whole infrastructures have to be planned, budgeted, installed and managed, which is not only endeavor but also an inflexible one. Smaller ISPs provide other options as they’re very likely to incorporate more modern connectivity approaches in their portfolios.

One such approach is a bonding solution like Viprinet offers. By bonding two or more Internet links of different types (DSL, 4G, etc.) and from different providers into a single connection, Viprinet not only adds up bandwidths but also resilience and data security. The outage risk is distributed on the individual WAN links, so if one of them dies away, the others are able to compensate and only the overall bandwidth decreases almost unnoticeably. For the same reason, resilience rises exponentially with every individual WAN link that is made available for the bonded connection. And as Viprinet encrypts and minces data streams before distributing the data fragments onto the individual WAN links, any transmitted data is extraordinarily secure. While Viprinet’s Hybrid WAN products are on the market the longest (since 2006!), there are a couple of competing newcomers: VeloCloud, Viptela and Peplink, to name a few. None of them appear to come close to Viprinet’s WAN Bonding

All of these benefits come in handy for smaller ISPs that are looking to extend their product portfolio. Offering a bonding solution like Viprinet allows them to meet their customers’ demands at a much smaller price, and to offer value-added services that would otherwise be rendered impossible. This way, they can more than achieve their goal to get their fair share of enterprises in need of a fast, resilient and secure connectivity solution.

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