Your multi location business could benefit by bonding individual wide area network circuits together in three ways:
- It can increase bandwidth and speed throughout your MPLS WAN.
- It can minimize the impact of an outage that one of your providers might occasionally suffer.
- If bonding is done correctly, it can save you money.
My favorite solution provider that aggregates and integrates all carriers to allow entities with multiple locations with a nationwide network solutions is Bandwave Systems. This is an (unpaid) overview on the process and how you can achieve some of the benefits they provide.
What is Circuit Bonding?
Bonding uses an appliance that lets you combine the individual throughput capacity of several circuits into a single circuit. For instance, you might have a DSL connection running 3 Mbps up and 1 Mbps down that you want to connect with a wireless connection running at 3 up and 1 down. The resulting bonding would give you a pipe that’s capable of 6 Mbps for uploads and 2 Mbps for downloads. If you’re using VoIP or passing rich media between office locations, bonding can offer you the throughput you need at modest cost.
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With the much higher speed rating of coax and fiber, you can also see how bonding can give you tremendous flexibility in building the throughput you need for different kinds of traffic that each needs its own specific quality of service handling.
First, Bandwave is an aggregator that works with all the national (and many regional) companies that provide cable, fiber, DSL and wireless. Bandwave handles multi-provider wide area networks for businesses like yours and offers a single point of contact for technical support, network management, invoicing and billing, and related services. Bandwave also provides the “last mile” connectivity you might need when you open a new location.
Because the company works with so many carriers, they’re familiar with the geographic footprint of each, as well as the rates each carrier charges. They’re in an ideal position to help you get the greatest bandwidth at the lowest price.
Further, they can help you increase the resilience of your WAN by recommending which circuits to bond from different vendors so you achieve carrier redundancy. For example, if you bond, say, a cable circuit from AT&T with a 4G LTE circuit from Verizon, you’ll survive an outage from either of them. That’s a far different approach than days gone by when a carrier bonded two T1 lines together, and then charged you twice as much. This major carrier alternative takes a carrier-agnostic approach.
Finally, I’ve found that Bandwave always puts their client in the driver’s seat. Sitting down for a technical consultation, you explain what you need to accomplish. Bandwave experts look at many options, then give you at least one solution, and oftentimes many possible approaches to solving the problem.