Burst: Aryaka Offers Optimized Private WANs Via Your Internet Connection

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logo_AryakaWhile googling around for “SDN WAN”, I stumbled onto Aryaka. While they have little to do with the technology I was actually researching, I found their product interesting. Aryaka is going after the WAN optimization market (Riverbed in particular) and MPLS providers by offering an optimized connection for globally distributed enterprises. As I understand it from poking around the Arkaya website, an organization connects their offices to the Aryaka private network via local Internet connections. Arkaya provides WAN optimization and privacy.

Advantages

  1. You probably already have an Internet connection or two, making time to delivery short when compared to getting last mile, local loop services provisioned from one of the national or global carriers.
  2. You don’t have to own a WAN optimization infrastructure. If you’ve priced out WAN op hardware and maintenance, you know it’s pricey. As WAN bandwidth costs comes down and applications get smarter about working well across a LFN, investing in WAN op gear is a harder and harder sell. Arkaya lets you have your cake and eat it too. You get WAN op as a service.
  3. You don’t have to maintain a separate, private WAN.
  4. Pricing???

Disadvantages

  1. Many companies use Internet & private WAN as redundant paths between remote offices. This scheme would need to be reconsidered in the Aryaka model. (A minor design issue overall, but worth mentioning.)
  2. Since the public Internet is used at least as far as the remote office to the nearest Aryaka POP, latency and jitter could pose concerns for enterprises running real-time applications like voice & video. That said, Vonage has made a business out of providing voice service to residential customers via the Internet. So perhaps that concern is overstated.
  3. Pricing???

I’m not familiar with Arkaya’s pricing model, although I am scheduling an exploratory conversation with them. I have a use-case.

A “burst” is a quick post to raise awareness of a topic I found interesting.

7 comments

  • Many companies come to Aryaka to fix the latency and jitter issues they have with mpls using voip and video. No customers have an issue with this as it is a main selling point of the product. Pricing is great for customers, even with a local dia to connect to a Aryaka pop the pricing is about 1/2 that of mpls. Plus the network is fully secure and encrypted end to end unlike mpls which is not. The ability to connect any office, any data center plus all cloud applications anywhere in the world is something no other telco or company can do. Plus you have the advantage of no appliances or capex needed. My company Pluto Networks offers free evaluation anywhere int he world for any product on the platform. Feel free to email me at larry.chaffin@pluto-networks.net.

    • Good comments – but be sure you completely understand what you are saying. First, “the network is fully secure and encrypted…..” MPLS is very secure – more secure than Aryaka Network based solution. MPLS is a private network not open to the public. VOIP runs better on MPLS than any public network as long as you order QOS from the telco. You can assign the highest priority to VOIP. That’s it for now. Chow

      • Regarding the security aspect of MPLS, you are oversimplifying things and leaving yourself with a very real vulnerability.

        MPLS is private, yes. That does *not* mean that it is secure.

        The traffic may not pass across public networks, but it is not in any way encrypted, and it is fully accessible to the carrier. This kind of thinking, that MPLS is secure, is what has gotten Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others in a bind with NSA interception. It’s true that most companies are not going to be big enough or key enough to warrant traffic interception, but if you are relying on MPLS (and similar unencrypted transports), it is still possible.

        I would put higher faith in the security of an IPSec tunnel between two end-points that I fully control than I would an MPLS connection. That’s not to say that I don’t use of MPLS, nor does it mean that I currently encrypt all traffic going across MPLS. But, I don’t blind myself to my vulnerability to carrier intercept (and by proxy, the NSA and other organizations) either.

  • First, the disclosure: I am an Aryaka employee.

    Aryaka has actually addressed the Disadvantage 2 you mentioned in your article. Aryaka’s SDN (Software-Defined Networks) services take care of the latency and jitter between the customer’s remote office and Aryaka’s PoP.

    Aryaka’s optional device called the ANAP (Aryaka Network Access Point) can also be provided as part of the service to provide on-site acceleration benefits. This ANAP is also configured and maintained remotely by Aryaka so the customers can just sit back, relax and enjoy their WAN.

  • The public internet is actually an advantage , it let you impliment a WAN network within one hour using your own resources. Due to Aryaka vast spread of point of presents, jitter and latency are not an issue for VOIP and VC over the public internet.

By Ethan Banks

Ethan Banks is a podcaster and writer with a BSCS and 20+ years in enterprise IT. He's operated data centers with a special focus on infrastructure — especially networking. He's been a CNE, MCSE, CEH, CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, and CCIE R&S #20655. He's the co-founder of Packet Pushers Interactive, LLC where he creates content for humans in the hot aisle.

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