CloudAccess is a networking software technology that uses proprietary software to combine multiple Internet connections into one, giving customers the combined bandwidth of all lines, the uptime that comes with using multiple ISPs, and a cloud-based application that manages configurations and monitors traffic.
New to SD-WAN?
SD-WAN has been touted as the biggest change to networking since, well, the internet itself.
Software-Defined Wide Area Networking
In essence, SD-WAN is an ability to manage (build, change) various network functions, in-flight traffic, and routing rules for customers remotely through a web application.
CloudAccess SD-WAN was designed for small businesses that need basic configurations and for independent service providers to eke out marketshare in this rapidly expanding market.
CloudAccess SD-WAN Features
CloudAccess continues to evolve to meet customer requirements. Below is a list of a few of the configurable features of the system. Using CloudAccess, Service Providers around the world can deliver networking peace-of-mind to customers.
1. Fail-to-Wire Backup
The System is built with added redundancy in the form of a fail-to-wire feature that enables a selected port as pass-through in the event of a catastrophic failure in the data center.
2. DHCP Server
The CloudAcces SD-WAN CPE is equipped with a DHCP server that allows users to allocate Private IP blocks directly from the LAN port.
The CloudAccess CPE takes advantage of available storage space to cache commonly requested files, improving rendering speeds.
4. Network Address Translation
CloudAccess allows customers to route public IP addresses into their DMZ/LAN and terminate on servers that require access from abroad.
5. Bonded Primary Connections
Link aggregation is the key feature of CloudAccess. The service will bond the bandwidth of configured connections regardless of their type, provider, or speed.
6. Traffic Prioritization
Important traffic can be prioritized within the CloudAccess tunnel to ensure VoIP, Video or VPN sessions have priority over more general traffic types.
7. Path Selection
CloudAccess can dynamically prioritize the use of a link depending on its current state. If a connection is experiencing higher-than-acceptable packet-loss or latency, CloudAccess can deprioritize its use in handling traffic.
8. Same IP-Failover
In the event that a primary WAN connection fails, CloudAccess can be configured to instantaneously fail traffic over to standby connections without a change in the customer’s public IP address(es).
CloudAccess is designed to handle both IPv4 and IPv6 addressing. Allowing service providers to NAT in their core and conserve precious IPv4 stock.
10. Bonded Standby Connections
Standby connections can be bundled together and their bandwidth can be aggregated. This would allow a customer to build a bonded standby tunnel to ensure customers aren’t forced to lose bandwidth if the primary connections go offline.
11. Remote Configurations
Site configurations are built in our webapp, located here. CloudAccess SD-WAN CPEs then can be imaged and configured remotely – reducing overhead costs related to rolling trucks.
12. Link Rate-Limiting
In the event that a connection is over-provisioned for a customer’s needs (ie, LTE download rates), each connection can be given a maximum bandwidth, in order to reduce the possibility of abuse and/or data overage charges.
13. WAN Traffic Encryption
WAN traffic can be encrypted using a high-performance DTLS-enabled feature using the ChaCha20 stream cipher which allows service providers to get more performance than AES on multiple platforms.
14. Tunnel Rate-Limiting
For service providers looking to price CloudAccess on bandwidth tiers, the system is designed to handle tunnel-level rate-limiting, giving service providers options for configuration.
15. Local Internet Breakout
Local Internet breakout allows customers to off-load certain applications and types of traffic directly to the internet and treat only WAN traffic with CloudAccess.
16. WAN Routing
CloudAccess allows for the creation of a meshed WAN, essentially allowing LAN resources to be shared across sites in the WAN.
17. Network Analytics
CloudAccess gives service providers insight into their existing installations – connection types used, providers, helping them identify low-hanging fruit and increase sales efficiency.
18. System Monitoring
CloudAccess’s orchestrator comes with real-time graphs of link behaviour as well as a dashboard that highlights potential issues across all deployments. The system monitors throughput, latency, packet-loss, and other metrics to assist in troubleshooting.
19. Real-Time Alerting
CloudAccess SD-WAN can be configured to send alerts to both the service provider’s NOC and/or to the end-customer, alerting the necessary team of any network traffic issues identified by the system.
20. Optional Cloud-Hosted Controllers
CloudAccess SD-WAN Controllers can be deployed anywhere in any VPC/VPS leveraging the hosting provider’s IP address. Service providers that want to deploy the system around the world are able to do so simply through the SD-WAN Orchestrator.
21. High-Availability Controller
Each SD-WAN CPE can be configured to have a primary and back-up SD-WAN Controller in the Cloud. This configuration gives customers the peace-of-mind that their service is not limited to the uptime of a single Controller.