ScaleAOn Architecture

Why ScaleAOn?

  • Enterprise networking is at the threshold of massive transformation. Everything and everyone – from devices to people to visitors to air conditioners need an IP connection to their “cloud”. We did not build enterprise wide area networks, thinking this day will come.
  • The Lavelle Networks’ ScaleAOn network architecture applies the tremendous learning from Web Scale networking to the demands of private, secure, fast, wide area enterprise networking. SD-WAN is a promise for better network experience, no matter where you take your business location. ScaleAOn is a fulfilment of that promise.

What is ScaleAOn?

While looking at various ways to build our next generation network product architecture, back in 2016, it became evident to us that there are three big challenges our solution is going to solve for our customers:

Let them scale their business without worrying about their networks. Make their network work like electricity, flip a switch, it is always on until you flip it off. Turn on our products, they are going to keep the network Always on.

Thus, was born the name – ScaleAOn, networking at Scale, Always ON. It is not just a name, it symbolizes what we try and achieve with every line of software code, every circuit on the hardware, and every call that comes to our support center. Make your network scale at will, and keep it always, always running. It is no wonder that one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies runs nationwide flash sales, involving billions of transactions on our SD-WAN platform, with a support team the size of your neighbourhood coffee shop staff. That is how well this architecture works.

  • Web Scale Architecture
  • CloudStation is private or public Controller Cloud with elastic scalability
  • No Peering protocol to learn the Networks
  • A network naming scheme which produces logical identifiers for every single private subnet in your network, without having to remember the IP addresses ever again
  • Treats encryption as a security policy, instead of complex IPSEC IKE configuration methods on classical routers
  • Makes encryption key generation so easy, that you do not need to know anything about encryption to use it on your network
  • Software forwarding plane composed of loosely de-coupled tables, which can be re-programmed into any combination of access control lists, policies, route lookups, tunnel encapsulations, path selections, NFV service chains
  • An Intent driven configuration framework that does not need persistent old school transport connections like SSH, and therefore the control plane can fail over to the right WAN path even before it loses a single transaction.
  • Zero errors in creating network segments, because of our visual aids in the user interface, which do not need a single line of actual network interface configuration while creating a VPN or WAN topology
  • Optimize the entire network path computation around the real problem, which is network congestion and Link Quality (PLR, Latency, Jitter)
  • Total de-coupling of packet I/O, network forwarding, application inspection, network services so that a failure in any of them only degrades the service but does not cripple it to stop traffic

    Comparison to MPLS/DMVPN/IPSEC

    Advantages of ScaleAOn SD-WAN over MPLS

    • More cost effective

      ScaleAOn reduces costs as it provides optimized, multi-point connectivity and flexibility to use more economical WAN circuits like Broadband, 4G SIM, Dongle etc.

    • Better Performance

      ScaleAOn has a proven record of improvement upto 90% in overall network performance as compared to MPLS only network.

    • Flexibility and Feasibility

      ScaleAOn is a more feasible mode of enterprise connectivity when compared to MPLS as it provides faster connectivity in remote areas where it is difficult to provision MPLS circuits.

    • More control on your network

      After replacing MPLS with ScaleAOn in their networks, IT teams feel now they have a better understanding, more control, and enhanced visibility into their networks.

    Advantages of ScaleAOn SD-WAN over DMVPN

    • Flexible Topology vs fixed topology

      DMVPN does not allow you to build custom topology with ease as it requires manual configuration, while ScaleAOn simplifies your network design by providing a very simple and automated network topology design mechanism.

    • Architectural dependency on Hub

      DMVPN architecture by design enforces dependency on Hub, whereas ScaleAOn treats Hub as any other network device in the distributed enterprise ecosystem, removing any dependencies.

    • Security and Certificates

      ScaleAOn has multiple ways to authenticate and allow a new device in the network as opposed to DMVPN, where a hardware theft may lead to compromise of the whole network’s security as it still relies on age-old Pre-shared Key authentication mechanism.

    • Policies over Routing protocols

      ScaleAOn leverages the advanced policy framework over the age-old routing protocols to avoid the complexity and errors in the system. While DMVPN still sticks to error-prone and age-old routing mechanisms, this requires a manual intervention of configuration updates after every small change in the system.

    • Network management made easy

      With ScaleAOn’s CloudStation controller now network management and monitoring is easier and all done through a single pane of glass, as compared to logging into your NMS tool to manage and monitor your DMVPN network.

      Advantages of ScaleAOn SD-WAN over VPN

      Enhanced Performance Optimization

      IPSEC VPN lacks the key attribute of performance optimization and if you are looking to enhance the application performance you should go with ScaleAOn SD-WAN to connect your sites.

      Enhanced Performance Optimization

      IPSEC VPN lacks the key attribute of performance optimization and if you are looking to enhance the application performance you should go with ScaleAOn SD-WAN to connect your sites.

      Reliability

      Since most of the time VPN is built over the public internet circuits, ScaleAOn turns out to be the most reliable solution with its Internet bandwidth aggregation and per packet load balancing techniques.

      Configuration and Maintenance

      Configuration and maintenance of IPSEC VPN is the most difficult and time consuming activity in the network engineer’s life. ScaleAOn has made the configuration of network and their connectivity as well as maintenance has been simplified by the power of network policies and automation framework.

      Configuration and Maintenance

      Configuration and maintenance of IPSEC VPN is the most difficult and time consuming activity in the network engineer’s life. ScaleAOn has made the configuration of network and their connectivity as well as maintenance has been simplified by the power of network policies and automation framework.

      Resources

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