Aggregators

Aggregation servers, or Aggregators, are a key component in the Multapplied SD-WAN architecture. Aggregators split outbound traffic bound for customers into multiple streams for each leg and recombine inbound traffic from each leg before sending it on to its final destination on the internet. This is what enables Multapplied SD-WAN to combine the speed of bonded connections, even for a single download or upload, and to offer instant, transparent failover when a leg goes down. 

System Requirements for Aggregators

Aggregators can be considered a type of router, since they route traffic between the partner’s core network and the CPEs. In fact, they are typically integrated into the dynamic routing configuration of the partner network. 

System Requirements for Aggregators

Environmentbare metal (strongly recommended for performance), ESX, Xen (PV-GRUB or HVM), or KVM
see virtualization considerations on  provisioning Aggregators.

CPU :  Intel Xeon CPU Ivy Bridge (2013) or newer with at least 4 cores 
if encryption is enabled for the tunnel or private WAN, AES acceleration instruction set is recommended for faster speeds

RAM :  minimum 2 GB (supports 50 bonds/1 GB memory)
add 50 MB for every bond running TCP proxy (when TCP proxy is enabled on at least 1 bond, Aggregator needs more memory and this can vary depending on the speeds set on the bond) 

Disk : minimum 16 GB 

Network

Ethernet : One gigabit interface 

IP address : One static public IP 

Internet uplink : Sufficient bandwidth for all bonds assigned to the Aggregator, considering your oversubscription ratio if applicable.

For example, with two bonds, each with two 10/10 Mbps legs, the Aggregator would need 40/40 Mbps bandwidth to Internet, assuming no oversubscription. Using an oversubscription ratio of 4:1, the Aggregator could be given 10/10 Mbps bandwidth. 

Recommended – remote KVM ability such as IPMI or ILO 

Supported Environments for Aggregator Nodes

CPEs and Aggregators can be installed in the following environments: 

  • Bare metal 
  • VMware vSphere 
  • Linux KVM 
  • Xen (PV-GRUB or HVM) 

OpenVZ is not supported. 

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