Businesses of all sizes across many industries are embracing cloud-based IT solutions in lieu of traditional on-premises server deployments, but wide-area network (WAN) implications brought about by this transition aren't immediately recognized. Here are five reasons SD-WAN and 4G LTE provide essential capabilities:
In the world of SD-WANs, vendors and service providers alike are looking for ways to differentiate. In the case of Cradlepoint, however, it turns out their differentiation has brought them into the world of SD-WANs. Cradlepoint Inc. has capitalized on the growing popularity of LTE wireless service as a failover for business continuity.
While pirates and sea-based accidents might not draw much attention from most enterprises, they're occupational hazards for DSC Dredge LLC, a dredging supply company headquartered in Reserve, LA. With operations in 40 states and more than 40 countries -- including ones where piracy remains a valid threat -- managing DSC Dredge's 3G cellular-based WAN infrastructure used to connect the dredging machines was a constant challenge, said Richard Groce, the company's IT director.
A new set of cloud-delivered and Software-defined Networking (SDN) technologies, including Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and Software-defined Perimeter (SD-Perimeter), are well suited to meet these next-generation WAN requirements. SD-WAN provides branch and mobile networks with secure, flexible and resilient connectivity utilizing a hybrid of wired and wireless Internet broadband links.
The cloud model is easy for enterprise IT managers to understand. Popularized by consumer services such as Amazon in retail, Expedia in travel, and Spotify in music, for example, the world has been conditioned to buy services on-demand, from the cloud. This trend moved to business IT services with popular enterprise IT services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Office365, Slack, and Salesforce.com.
As temporary fixtures, construction site offices and marketing sales suites rely on access to their central databases and systems. They require fast and secure connectivity from the start of the project build — yet wired line solutions can rarely meet this time-based objective and often result in months of costly delays between the project start and ‘Internet on’ date.
London red buses are an iconic sight. They have been a part of the city's appeal for decades and are a constant reminder of London's colourful transport history. More than four billion journeys around the country's capital are taken by bus. In such a modern, connected city, this popularity demands a new, smarter bus system
As a consumer, you may not have heard of Cradlepoint, but you’ve probably benefited from the services it provides. Cradlepoint creates products that allow their customers — mainly corporations and small businesses — to build their own network, including routers that convert wireless broadband into Wi-Fi or ethernet.
WAN networking specialist Cradlepoint has been focused on cloud managed routing solutions for 4G LTE, and is gearing up for the move to 5G. They announced an additional $89 million in funding earlier this month, which will go to 5G development, as well as international expansion. Their presence in Canada has already seen significant recent expansion, where their sales have more than doubled over the last year, with the assistance of a more diverse partner network.
Cradlepoint has introduced Release 6.3 of its NetCloud OS router software, part of the Cradlepoint NetCloud platform, with extended SD-WAN functionality for 4G LTE-dependent networks. "SD-WAN represents the most significant transformation of enterprise WAN architecture in several decades," says Ian Pennell, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Product at Cradlepoint.