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Overcoming the Challenges of a Multisite Distributed Network

Author: John Meek, Director, Product Management/Tuesday, July 10, 2018/Categories: Professional Services for your Network

Organizations with multiple locations must thoughtfully consider how they design and deploy their wide-area networks (WANs). Traditionally, organizations used a “hub and spoke” WAN architecture in which all WAN traffic routes through a hub core located at headquarters or a hosting data center. Remote sites communicate to each other and to the Internet via the central core.

There are a number of drawbacks to this approach. It’s an inefficient design that can cause latency issues that impact application performance and user productivity. It also creates business continuity concerns — if the hub core fails or is unreachable, connectivity for the entire enterprise could be lost. And as organizations increase their use of cloud-based applications and services, funneling all Internet traffic through the hub core can result in bandwidth oversubscription resulting in traffic bottlenecks.

As a result, many organizations are adopting a “meshed” network architecture in which remote sites connect directly to the Internet and establish logical routes across the mesh.  This creates a network topology ofsome-to-many (partial mesh) or any-to-any (full mesh) routing profiles. The mesh architecture using direct connectivity better supports latency sensitive applications such as voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and Internet of Things (IoT) traffic.

However, a distributed network architecture introduces its own set of challenges. If not designed properly, the distributed WAN will not route traffic in the most efficient manner. Furthermore, distributed networks tend to be highly dynamic — when the inevitable changes occur, devices can be misconfigured, causing slowdowns and outages. IT teams often do not have the visibility and tools needed to resolve such problems quickly, or even at all.

Most of all, a distributed network is complex and hard to manage. For example, remote sites may lack onsite IT support, so headquarters IT team must remotely handle network administration, troubleshooting and security updates.

That’s why it makes good business sense to partner with a managed network services provider such as SageNet.We have developed a managed distributed network solution that relieves the headaches associated with multisite connectivity. We provide comprehensive design and implementation services, help provision the right circuits for each site, and provide you with a single bill at the end of each month. If you need redundancy for business continuity, we can combine traditional telco and broadband connections with 4G/LTE and/or satellite services.

The engineers in our Network Operations Centers provide proactive monitoring and incident management to ensure, availability and network security.You also gain 24x7 help desk support and an online customer-facing portal with real-time visibility and advanced network performance reporting.

Our NOC technicians can remotely diagnose and troubleshoot many issues. However, we also have the ability to dispatch field technicians to remote sites to resolve network problems.That’s why many retailers, convenience store operators, and quick-service restaurant chains count on SageNet to support their mission-critical connectivity requirements.

If you have a multisite operation, your distributed WAN can quickly become a source of headaches and business risks. Let us show you how our managed network services can overcome those challenges and improve network operations.

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