What is the Granite SD WAN Solution?
Granite offer SD WAN solutions based on VMware, Fortinet and Cisco. The service includes options for cloud orchestration, Active/Active WAN Optimization, application awareness and is access agnostic, featuring a one-provider nationwide network. Multiple access types are available including 4G, DIA and cable, with reporting for Quality of Experience (QoS), advanced network traffic statistics and MOS scores with built-in firewalls and zero-touch provisioning. Solutions leverage Granite’s Network Operations Center which offers constant support from over 150 Cisco engineers.
- Fortinet: Granite SD WAN based on Fortinet integrates with Granite Guardian for monitoring and management. Technology architecture consists of the multi-tenant vManage controller including vAnalyser which is datacentre based. Hub and spoke, core gateway, dynamic VPN and full mesh architectures are also available. The solution can scale to a maximum of 100,000 devices using vManage with software and hardware capable of supporting up to 100G throughout. SD WAN architecture is built on Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) services with SSL or IPSEC, SLA target customization and Forward Error Correction (FEC), with encryption services. Full routing capabilities are available such as OSFP or BGP, with WAN Optimization, QoS, customizable SLA targets for application control and application identification and steering, with high availability pairs on all models. Firewall comes as a device bundle with Unified Threat Management services. Deployment options include physical or virtual appliances with shared or Customer VDOMs to build customer networks as deployment differentiators. The solution supports all transport types including Ethernet, 3G/4G/LTE, broadband and satellite, with a 3+ standby failover option and Cloud Connect for Google Cloud, O365, AWS, Azure and other major cloud providers (see, How Does Granite Access Cloud Vendors?).
For more information on Fortinet, see our vendor listing here.
- Meraki: Granite offer SD WAN based on Meraki. The solution can be deployed physically and virtually, with hardware and software appliances supporting 2G of throughput and a maximum of 25,000 devices per organization. Meraki SD WAN leverages support for Meraki Dashboard/Organizations via cloud-hosted multi-tenant servers and data centers and multiple transport types such as Ethernet, satellite, 3G/4G/LTE, broadband and MPLS with two active only with standby failover. Granite Guardian is available for monitoring and management with AutoVPN leveraging full mesh capabilities, content filtering, an analytics dashboard and IDS/IPS which is included in the Advanced Security license. Further, routing and redundancy is available with Dynamic Path Selection, Policy-based routing, dual VPN, Traffic Shaping, QoS and High Availability Pairs option for any device. Granite SD WAN based on Meraki includes full encryption with integrated firewalls and Advanced Security features for SD WAN devices. Cloud Connect services are supported by all carriers, but application optimization is not available.
For more information on Meraki, see our vendor listing here.
- VeloCloud: SD WAN based on VeloCloud includes the cloud-hosted multi-tenant VeloCloud controller with Domains and distributed VeloCloud Gateways and a premium service which is included in the offering. Unlimited scalability for the customer with dedicated controller and software and hardware is capable of offering 10G throughput. Granite Guardian is available for monitoring and management, with premium services offering faster connectivity to cloud SaaS providers and improved application performance, with forward error correction and sub-second failover to improve voice/video performance. Access types include transport for Ethernet, 3G/4G/LTE, broadband, satellite and MPLS, with a 3+ standby failover option. Routing capabilities include dynamic mesh VPN, WAN optimization, QoS, dynamic routing (OSPF, BGP, OSPF), customizable business policy, application acceleration, internet gateways, link aggregation, packet duplication and the option for high availability pairs on any device. Cloud Connect is available to Azure, Google Cloud. Security services are not included, and clients are required to procure a separate premise or cloud-based firewall solution from a third-party.
For more information on VeloCloud, see our vendor listing here.
- Viptela: Businesses that already utilize Cisco infrastructure may transition to a Granite/Viptela SD WAN solution to deliver branch security, application performance optimization, secure automated SD WAN, multi-cloud access and secure Direct Internet Access (DIA).
For more information on Cisco Viptela, see our vendor listing here.