WAN bonding is a technology that helps organizations achieve this goal by combining multiple wide area network (WAN) connections into a single, high-performance link.
In this blog post, we will discuss what WAN bonding is, its benefits, types of bonding, how it works, implementation, use cases, and future outlook. And we’ll share how Digi partnered with Bondix Intelligence to develop the integrated Digi WAN Bonding solution.
WAN bonding refers to the process of combining two or more separate Internet connections into a single, virtual connection. The goal of WAN bonding is to improve network performance, reliability, and redundancy. It enables organizations to take advantage of multiple Internet service providers (ISPs) to achieve higher bandwidth and lower latency.
WAN bonding provides several benefits, including:
There are several types of WAN bonding, including:
WAN bonding works by combining multiple WAN connections into a single, virtual connection. This virtual connection is then used to route network traffic. WAN bonding software manages the process of bonding and ensures that traffic is properly distributed across the different connections.
The bonding process involves three key elements:
Implementing WAN bonding requires careful planning and the right equipment and software. The following are the key elements to consider when implementing WAN bonding.
Equipment and Software
To implement WAN bonding, you will need a WAN bonding device or software. There are several solutions available, ranging from hardware-based solutions to cloud-based software solutions. We will discuss Digi’s integrated hardware and software solution powered by Bondix S.A.NE in a later section.
Network Design and Topology
It is important to design the network topology carefully to ensure that WAN bonding can be effectively implemented. This includes considering the number of WAN connections required, the location of the WAN bonding device, and the routing of traffic between the different connections.
Configuration and Setup
Once the equipment and network topology have been determined, the next step is to configure and set up the WAN bonding device or software. This typically involves specifying the different WAN connections, configuring the routing and load balancing settings, and setting up failover protection.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
An administrator will need to regularly monitor the performance of the WAN bonding solution and perform routine maintenance to ensure that it continues to function optimally. Troubleshooting may be required in the event of any issues, and it is important to have a plan in place to quickly resolve any problems.
WAN bonding can be used in a variety of different scenarios, including:
Digi WAN Bonding provides all of the functionality and benefits we have described, in an easy-to-implement solution available as an add-on service to a Digi Remote Manager® premium license. Fully integrated with Digi cellular solutions and the DAL operating system, Digi Remote Manager (Digi RM) is a powerful cloud-based platform that orchestrates connectivity and management of your Digi device network.
Developed by Bondix Intelligence, S.A.NE is short for Simple Aggregation of Networks, the software-driven technology from Bondix designed to ensure reliable voice, video and data transmission connectivity for both mobile and stationary deployments. Digi WAN Bonding enables customers running DAL OS on their Digi devices to centrally set up, deploy and manage the bonding together of multiple WAN connections. This WAN aggregation supports dramatically increased throughput speeds, WAN smoothing, packet redundancy and seamless failover for always-on Internet connectivity.
WAN bonding enables organizations to combine multiple WAN connections into a single, virtual connection. Digi WAN Bonding harnesses these capabilities to improve network performance, reliability, and redundancy, and can be particularly useful for businesses with remote offices or high-bandwidth applications.
The future of WAN bonding looks promising, with advances in technology and the increasing demand for reliable and secure network connections. Organizations that are looking to improve their network performance and reliability should consider implementing WAN bonding as part of their overall network strategy.
In summary, WAN bonding is a powerful tool for businesses looking to improve their network performance, reliability, and resilience. With the right equipment, configuration, and maintenance, organizations can reap the benefits of WAN bonding and stay connected, even in the face of network failures or other challenges.