The need for SD-WAN for success in the IoT (Internet of Things)

Connectivity is becoming an increasingly important part of our lifes. Of course, many people are aware of this. Everything will be connected through millions of connected sensors and smart devices in our homes, offices and cities. That is why it is called the internet of things. The IoT developments are one of the biggest breakthroughs in history of the tech industry.

But why are IoT and WAN linked to each other?

Current architectures can’t provide the scalability or the flexibility required of IoT workloads. And if it’s possible, the costs are too high. This is where SD-WAN can provide the solution. SD-WAN makes it possible to abstract network architectures over the wide area to accommodate the dynamic and highly complex data patterns generated by legions or connected devices. It allows administrators to manage network servicesfrom a central or regional hub.

Another major advantage of SD-WAN is the proficient use of network data and analyzes to provide optimal connectivity. It is often possible to view real-time reportsand analyzes of previous data. This drastically increases the insight into external infrastructure for companies, making it possible to tackle performance-reducing problems before they cause a disruption.

Why do IoT Projects fail?

According to several reports there are a few reoccurring reasons why IoT projects fail. Some of the problems are an institutional shortfall, like lack of administrative priority from the top or failure to define goals. No technology can solve those sorts of problems. For other obstacles, like inconsistent connectivity or high bandwidth expenses, there is a solution.

Connectivity is a major hurdle for most IoT projects. An IoT solution requires certain essential network elements: sufficient data throughput, low-cost bandwidth, reliable connections, ability to scale connections to a number of devices, and coverage in remote areas. One of the primary appeals of IoT is the ability to connect remote systems and devices for reporting, monitoring, and control from a centralized location. The more remote and distant an asset is from a home office, the more appealing the capabilities become. At the same time, more remote areas tend to have fewer dedicated connection options, or none at all. All of these issues are exactly why Peplink and more specifically Pepwave devices are ideal for IoT applications.

Why is Peplink with Pepwave devices ideal for IoT applications?

A Peplink network can be used in various situations. When using a Peplink network you can work with different components and different connection strategies. And all that as part of the same network. In addition, everything can be controlled and managed remotely through the same interface called InControl2. Via InControl2, a comprehensive cloud based management tool, it is possible to see and adjust every aspect of the network.

You can also use the Peplink SpeedFusion technology. SpeedFusion manages data flow to keep it moving securely and quickly through the fastest available connection. As determined by the system administrator, the data can be send through the fastest, least expensive or most reliable connection. The packet send through each channel will be followed by SpeedFusion and at any time when a channel loses integrity, slows down or suffers packet loss, it will be moved to another path in a microsecond.

See here one of our succesful Peplink deployment in an IoT project.

Frontier BV and Peplink

Are you looking for all-round connectivity solutions for your IoT project? Frontier Computer Corp. or one of our Partners will help you find an appropriate solution for your situation. We deliver Peplink routers, antennas and data bundles and we have the necessary technical support available. For questions, please feel free to contact us by calling +31 (0)24-3660012 or via our website www.peplinkdistributor.nl.

Used sources:

  • https://www.frontiercomputercorp.com/peplink/iot-together/
  • http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/datacenter/datacenter-blog/iot-connectivity-challenges-sd-wan-to-the-rescue.html

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