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Mushroom Networks Unveils Truffle V, a WAN Orchestrator on VMWare

October 30, 2014

The optimization of not just intra-data center networking but also inter-data center and other types of broadband traffic is top of mind for enterprise IT departments.  And, no matter where one looks across the expanse of network infrastructure transformation activities virtualization of “E”verything has been the order of the day. The reasons have become obvious, i.e., virtualization reduces costs while increasing manageability and performance. 

A capability to keep an eye on is the one being addressed by  Mushroom Networks, specialists in providing Broadband Bonding technology, who have announced a new, virtual version of their flagship WAN Orchestrator that runs on a VMware hypervisor, Truffle V. It is now available through select channel partners.

Mushroom Networks touts its network virtualization solution as being quick and easy to install. The market being addressed in provisioning faster connectivity between branch offices and data centers, a critical area of enabling those branches to achieve more reliable higher performance of Internet applications and cloud services.

 In describing the capabilities of Truffle V the first one is noteworthy. Truffle V can be installed or migrated to a virtual machine within minutes without being tied to physical hardware. As the company explains, Truffle V leverages virtual leased lines (VLLs) and Broadband Bonding to enable optimized branch office WAN aggregation. It comes in a single appliance with a stateful firewall, bandwidth manager, and advanced features including:

  • Session keep-alive with Internet failover
  • Traffic monitoring
  • Traffic shaping and Quality of Service

The use of Truffle V is designed for enterprises, ISPs and data center operators. Mushroom also has targeted verticals where strict compliance adherence is required. The reason for this is that WAN connectivity can be improved without adding more hardware, which typically requires rigorous and time-consuming vetting to ensure compliance.

“Truffle V runs on a VMware virtual server, and provides a virtualized WAN orchestrator that can peer with the branch office Broadband Bonding appliances so that the performance and high availability needs of any application at the branches can be met,” said Cahit Akin, co-founder and CEO of Mushroom Networks.  “Whether it is a mobile application that’s handling sensitive healthcare data, a cloud service that’s supporting file sharing or a state-of-the-art video conferencing application, it can take advantage of the aggregated speed and reliability of all wireless and wired WAN resources available at the branch.”

The expectation of multi-branch organizations is that the user experience and performance in those branches are fast, reliable and secure. Having a reasonable and cost-effective means for migrating to required broadband connectivity is certainly something that is top of mind as organizations look to where and what to invest in to transform their entire network infrastructure. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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