- Turnium Technology Group’s (TTGI) managed and service provider hosted platforms will soon be able to run in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and Kubernetes environments in addition to existing Debian support.
- This enables enterprise-grade support and faster, lower cost deployment in Cloud instances to interconnect cloud services to corporate or service provider networks.
- Branch office connectivity to cloud services is also improved with managed, secure connectivity between Cloud-based instances and with multiple, lower cost last-mile circuits, aggregated bandwidth and quality of service management.
- Both end-customer business and service providers can benefit from TTGI’s managed SD-WAN offering (Turnium). Where the scale, capability and business model exist Multapplied Networks SD-WAN software may be appropriate for service provider or large enterprise DIY/self-hosted/managed environments.
Turnium Technology Group Inc. (TTGI) participated in the Linux Foundation Networking Group’s Virtual Central Office 3.0 (VCO 3.0) project during the Fall of 2019. TTGI provides a turnkey, managed SD-WAN platform for small/medium business and enterprise through its subsidiary, Turnium Technologies Inc. (Turnium). Turnium combines core SD-WAN software licensed from its sister-company, Multapplied Networks Inc. with its hosted, managed infrastructure, security solutions and network to deliver turnkey SD-WAN to customers and resellers.
In the VCO 3.0 project, Turnium provided a managed, Layer-3, routable, secure network overlay that enabled multiple Kubernetes clusters to deliver virtual central office functionality and connect a 5G voice call between San Diego and international hybrid cloud environments.
The VCO Proof of Concept (PoC) was demonstrated to attendees at KubeCon 2019 on Wednesday November 20th, 2019. Over 12,000 delegates attended KubeCon 2019.
The Proof of Concept
The Linux Foundation Networking group, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and Red Hat have run two previous virtual central office projects. The 2019 3.0 project was the first to include Software-Defined Wide Area Networking.
Turnium’s SD-WAN connected multiple Kubernetes clusters hosted in on-premise and cloud instances that contained the software to set up, authenticate and connect a 5G voice call between San Diego, and international destinations.
Kubernetes containers running on Red Hat CoreOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 delivered functionality from multiple vendors including Layer-2 software switching, database and authentication, and orchestration for the distributed K8 clusters.
To meet the PoC requirements, Turnium’s SD-WAN was deployed in a standalone software configuration instead of as a fully hosted, managed service. Turnium delivered a routed network with latency and packet-loss management and quality of service; delivering all the capabilities normally associated with dedicated telecom networks without the complexity, order/install intervals and cost. In addition, Turnium delivered remotely configured and managed physical and virtual Universal CPE (uCPE) at the LAN interface. This reduced the overall cost of the PoC while delivering MPLS-like connectivity.
What’s Next for Turnium and Multapplied?
Turnium has realized several important benefits as a result on participating in the VCO 3.0 Proof of Concept.
- Turnium will soon be able to deploy its software either as a container or as a conventional image running on RHEL 8. This allows Turnium to deploy its software more quickly and take advantage of the flexibility of Kubernetes containers and management while also benefiting from the stability and support of enterprise-grade Linux from Red Hat.
For service providers, managed service providers or large enterprise seeking Do-it-Yourself (DIY) or self-hosted and managed deployments, deploying Multapplied SD-WAN within their own data centers and cloud environments speeds up deployment and provides more stability and reliability than platforms running on community-supported OS.
- Complex networks that require managed QoS, data optimization and reduced latency, jitter and packet loss can be easily supported.
Deploying Turnium or Multapplied SD-WAN in cloud K8 environments interconnected by VXLAN backhauls and with optional bolt-on Replify WAN Optimization containers, increased end-user experience can be delivered at branch offices, retail locations and Head Office locations without expensive, dedicated telecom circuits. Where dedicated circuits are required, the optional WAN Optimization capabilities can reduce bandwidth requirements and cost.
In addition, WAN optimization images can be put on road warrior laptops to improve their performance and end-user experience.
- The end-user experience of Cloud applications can also benefit when Turnium or Multapplied SD-WAN software can be deployed at the edge of the Cloud. This virtual instance includes the Cloud provider in a Service Provider’s or End-Customers secure private managed SD-WAN.
Turnium Trusted Networks, the managed SD-WAN division of TTGI, also has dedicated connections to Azure. This connectivity, combined with the ability to deploy virtual or physical instances at the edge of other Clouds, enables higher performance and greater end-user satisfaction.
- Internet of Things (IoT) deployments can now benefit from managed, high performance interconnects between multiple cloud instances and the LAN edges where the IoT devices are themselves deployed.
Deploying SD-WAN, either as a Turnium managed service or as a Multapplied Do-It-Yourself platform, enables IoT solutions providers and Systems Integrators to manage the performance of data paths end-to-end and achieve the round-trip latency requirements of most IoT deployments.
Conclusion: Connecting Things That Matter
Early adopters of SD-WAN are now re-evaluating their deployments to see if they have realized the promised benefits. Meanwhile, the market continues to grow, with Gartner estimating that only 20% of enterprises have adopted SD-WAN, but that by 2023, over 90% of networks will be deployed using SD-WAN.
SD-WAN software from Multapplied Networks or a managed, SD-WAN solution from Turnium supports multiple use-cases. SD-WAN can be consumed as either a turnkey managed network or as a self-hosted, self-managed network.
Businesses can benefit from SD-WAN in different ways, depending on their use-cases and business/financial requirements.
In either instance, business can choose how best to connect the applications, databases and users that matter to each other without being stuck deciding between high cost or low performance.
Turnium and Multapplied, delivering SD-WAN and groomed connectivity between all the things that matter.
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 “Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure” Gartner, November 2019.