๐ŸฌUnlocking the Power of SD-WAN: Data Centre to Data Centre Connections Demystified๐ŸŒ

๐ŸฌUnlocking the Power of SD-WAN: Data Centre to Data Centre Connections Demystified๐ŸŒ

Convergence of the SD-WAN branch network with the centre interconnections

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In the dynamic landscape of SD-WAN, the core architecture often follows a hub-and-spoke configuration. While spoke-to-spoke communication is feasible through a matrix topology, it's vital to understand that the driving force behind SD-WAN architecture prioritizes data flow between branch offices and data centers over branch-to-branch connections. ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ’ผ

Why, you ask? The answer lies in the nature of network faults. In branch offices, last-mile connections often constitute the weak link. When a fault occurs, such as a fiber connection failure, there's usually no viable east or west-bound alternative path on the same last mile. In essence, branch-to-branch resilience becomes less relevant. However, data centers are a different story altogether, with alternative fiber paths and advanced connectivity options at their disposal.๐ŸŒŸ

The Role of Multiple Data Centers ๐Ÿจ๐ŸŒ

Enterprises often employ a dual data center strategy to enhance geographic resilience and ensure business continuity. One data center might be located in Europe, while the other sits in the United States, each equipped with its own SD-WAN concentrator. The SD-WAN Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) is then configured to connect to either data center concentrator in a failover or load-balancing mode. While branch connectivity is a key consideration, organizations frequently require robust data center interconnections as well. ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ

Harnessing the Power of Internet Exchanges ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’ป

Data center interconnections traditionally rely on carrier Ethernet or optical networks like DWDM, often provided by network operators. However, the landscape is evolving. High-speed internet connections are emerging as an option to aggregate these links, supplementing direct Layer 2 services. In regions like South Africa, regional internet exchanges, such as NAPAfrica, play a pivotal role. Some network operators even offer remote port features, enabling provisioned carrier links between data centers. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ“ก

This paradigm shift enables the aggregation of SD-WAN fat pipes from multiple IP Transit providers within data center concentrators. These pipes can provide essential Layer 2 encapsulation, catering to enterprise applications with failover requirements. To meet the demands of high-capacity data center links, scalable, secure, and encapsulated solutions are paramount. Advanced technologies like Forward Error Correction (FEC) offer valuable benefits for high-capacity data center links compared to their branch counterparts. ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ“ถ

The power of SD-WAN extends far beyond traditional networking paradigms. Embracing these innovative strategies can revolutionize your data center-to-data center connectivity, bolstering your network's resilience and efficiency. ๐Ÿ’ช

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Ronald Bartels is a connectivity expert at Fusion Broadband. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”Œ

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