Multapplied recently announced version 6.5 as a significant update to the Multapplied SD-WAN platform for channel partners.
Multapplied SD-WAN version 6.5 introduces new features and enhancements that enable channel partners to simplify their infrastructure, deploy more flexible network designs, realize operational and management efficiency, increase performance, support their own wholesale channels and add new revenue and margin.
In this article, we describe the top features and explain how this update makes it even easier for Multapplied channel partners to deliver high-performance networks to their end-customers in a more profitable way.
Major New Features in Multapplied 6.5
- Managed and Unmanaged Core Node Mesh Private WAN Designs
- Unlimited Management Spaces Expand Channel Partner Wholesale programs
- Add WAN Optimization to Enhance Customer Value-Add, Performance, and Efficiency
1. Managed and Unmanaged Core Node Mesh Private WAN Designs
Multapplied 6.5 includes two new Private Wide Area Network (PWAN) designs that remove the need for PWAN routers in channel partner infrastructure. Two new modes of private WAN — Managed and Unmanaged mesh modes — deliver dynamic routing and VXLAN interfaces directly within Aggregators, removing the need for Private WAN routers.
Any existing PWAN router-based designs remain available and supported. Multapplied channel partners can choose the type of PWAN design to deploy per space.
In version 6.5, the new Managed and Unmanaged Mesh PWAN designs give Aggregators configurable networking that’s similar to CPE/bonders in that they have dynamic routing configured through the Multapplied Management Server interface. Both bonders and Aggregators can now create virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) interfaces and Aggregators can associate those interfaces with private WAN spaces.
The result is that partners can now deliver many custom routing scenarios that were previously impossible to achieve, using the Management Server GUI to make deployment easier while realizing better network performance by reducing the number of devices traffic must pass through.
Understanding Managed and Unmanaged Mesh Modes
Managed mesh mode uses a combination of VXLAN interfaces and dynamic routing protocols to achieve Private WAN routing with Aggregators peered directly to each other without the need for Private WAN routers.
VXLAN is a tunneling protocol that encapsulates Layer 2 ethernet frames in layer 3 UDP packets, enabling the ability to create virtualized Layer 2 subnets, or segments, that span physical Layer 3 networks. Each Layer 2 subnet is uniquely identified by a VXLAN network identifier (VNI) that segments traffic.
Managed mesh mode only configures bonders as border gateway protocol (BGP) peers with their Aggregators.
This can be used in conjunction with space-associated interfaces and protocols — similarly to how the managed mesh mode operates — to create custom Private WAN topologies.
Both managed and unmanaged mesh modes can be completely configured using the Multapplied SD-WAN Management Server.
The new PWAN design options in Multapplied version 6.5 create greater flexibility for channel partners and managed service providers by maximizing the use of existing infrastructure and delivering more advanced networking functionality within the Multapplied Management Server GUI.
2. Unlimited Spaces Expand Channel Partner Wholesale Programs
Multapplied version 6.5 removes a previous restriction on the number of spaces that could be created to support channel partners and end-customers. In prior releases, up to five levels of nested spaces were available, including the channel partner’s own parent space.
With version 6.5, channel partners can choose the number of nested spaces they create. Spaces can be nested more than five levels deep, enabling channel partners to have multiple levels of sub-partners.
Spaces are used to assign and inherit (if selected) capabilities such as resource management, network management, and visibility to end customers, sub-resellers, and wholesale customers.
Removing the restriction on spaces extends Channel Partners’ own wholesale or sub-reseller channel capabilities and supports business growth. This underlines Multapplied’s commitment to creating profitable business models for our Channel Partners, including enabling them to set up their own tiers of wholesale partners.
More technical details about Multapplied SD-WAN spaces can be found in the Multapplied documentation found in your Management Server.
3. Add WAN Optimization to Enhance Customer Value-Add, Performance, and Efficiency
Multapplied 6.5 includes a lightweight integration with Replify’s software-based WAN Optimization and application acceleration platform. Replify WAN Optimization improves the performance and security of cloud and hosted applications without increasing network costs. It enables Multapplied Channel Partners to deliver higher performance over wireless networks and increase end-user satisfaction with application performance.
Through data deduplication, protocol optimization, compression, and TCP optimization, Replify can improve overall network performance to maximize the efficiency of existing fiber, wireless, satellite, or broadband circuits. This helps drive more efficient use of last-mile networks.
The new integration with Replify allows Multapplied Channel Partners to deploy virtual WAN Optimization on a per-customer basis simply and easily. Depending on the specific end-customer use case, Channel Partners may need to deploy a per-customer Replify instance in their networks as well as at customer sites. Replify also has clients available to support standalone PCs and Android and iOS-based mobile devices and tablets. PC and mobile clients can be used to increase the end-user experience for field and home-based employees. Multapplied Partners will use the multi-tenant virtual Replify Enterprise Management application to control their per-customer deployments.
Multapplied’s latest software release represents the continued support of its Channel Partners. Full technical details about Multapplied 6.5 can be found in the Management Server.