Cellular wireless has become a common WAN link due to the increasing amount of bandwidth supported with 4G, Gigabit-Class LTE, and 5G as well as the ability to reach hard-to-link areas. Wireless has served as a failover WAN for link diversity but has increasingly served as a primary link or as a link for bandwidth augmentation.
Regardless of the use case, SD-WAN is an integral part of a well-functioning wireless WAN. But not every SD-WAN solution understands the unique needs of cellular wireless like Cradlepoint NetCloud. NetCloud provides the ability to direct traffic based on link quality without needing special headend equipment or proprietary tunnels to preserve existing data center operations.
Use NetCloud to set policies to optimize bandwidth and enhance application performance. NetCloud starts by providing traffic steering, application-awareness, and management tools to enhance WAN performance. Enhance application quality by application class, utilize app-level classification for over 1,500 traditional and web-based apps, automate class-based QoS for every flow (Auto QoS), and configure traffic steering based on qualitative (QoS) and quantitative events (failover) and Smart WAN Selection (SWANS).
Smart WAN Selection intelligently assesses the health of each WAN link and its ability to run applications. IT teams can set traffic and failover policies based on high-level business intent, then rely on routers running Cradlepoint NetCloud to detect an outage or a deteriorated link and automatically failover.
NetCloud offers capabilities to specifically optimize cellular links. This includes special insight into wireless usage, how carriers are supported (even dual modems and multiple carriers), overall data usage, and layer 7 information, such as what applications are used across the WAN.