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SpeedFusion for Operations

Fixing Connectivity Issues for Mobile Operations

Since 2012, West Networks has been successfully deploying SD-WAN over cellular for Mobile Operations using SpeedFusion bonding from Peplink.

The Challenge


Connectivity for Mobile Operations is uniquely challenging because of the demand for reliable access to Internal business applications and resources has become a standard expectation. Many operators try to use standard solutions, such as hotspots or cellular routers with IPSec VPN, which aren’t reliable enough due to the unpredictable nature of cellular.

The complaints we hear constantly are that the operators can’t access these services reliably, so they switch to paper or they’ll install a server on the mobile unit that synchronizes with the main hospital when the vehicle returns. These solutions slow down service, create unnecessary workflows, add to an already challenging demographic.


The Solution:

SpeedFusion SD-WAN

SpeedFusion SD-WAN combines the bandwidth of multiple connections into a VPN tunnel with the speed and reliability of all links combined. In order to implement SpeedFusion SD-WAN, we need two peers: a central aggregator connected to a highly reliable internet source (i.e. hospital or data center) and the remote peer that has multiple WANs to be bonded. The aggregator, a Peplink Balance Router, is used to receive VPN traffic from the multiple internet connections of the remote peer router.

Bonding increases reliability and security by encrypting all WANs, splitting traffic over those WANs and centralizing your security architecture. If you previously thought a VPN was secure, imagine a VPN that splits the data over several WANs. Basically, only a small piece of each 256bit AES encrypted packet flows through each WAN. For more added security when setting up remote sites, with Peplink SpeedFusion VPN, we set “deny all in / deny all out” as their default firewall rule. This allows all the traffic from the mobile clinic to flow through the hospital’s firewall making suresecurity policies are enforced. SpeedFusion SD-WAN combines the bandwidth of multiple connections into a VPN tunnel with the speed and reliability of all links combined. In order to implement SpeedFusion SD-WAN, we need two peers: a central aggregator connected to a highly reliable internet source (i.e. hospital or data center) and the remote peer that has multiple WANs to be bonded. The aggregator, a Peplink Balance Router, is used to receive VPN traffic from the multiple internet connections of the remote peer router.

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