Every Cloud Managed Network device – including wireless access points, Ethernet switches, and security appliances – connects over the Internet to Cloud datacentres, which runs the cloud management platform. These connections, secured via SSL, utilize a patented protocol that provides real time visibility and control, yet uses minimal bandwidth overhead (typically 1 kbps or less.)
In place of traditional command-line based network configuration, Cloud Managed Network devices provides a rich web based dashboard, providing visibility and control over up to tens of thousands of network devices, anywhere in the world. Tools, designed to scale to large and distributed networks, make policy changes, firmware updates, deploying new branches, etc. simple and expedient, regardless of size or location. Cloud Managed real time protocols combine the immediacy of on premise management applications with the simplicity and centralized control of a cloud application.
Every Cloud Managed Network device is engineered for cloud management. Specifically, this means that network devices are designed with memory and CPU resources to perform packet processing, QoS, layer 3-7 security, encryption, etc. at the network edge. As a result, no network traffic passes through the cloud, with the cloud providing management functionality out of the data path. This architecture enables networks to scale horizontally, adding capacity simply by adding more endpoints, without concern for centralized bottlenecks or chokepoints. Equally important, since all packet processing is performed on premise, end-user functionality is not compromised if the network’s connection to the cloud is interrupted.
Cloud platform is designed to spread computation and storage across independent server clusters in geographically isolated datacentres. Any server or datacentre can fail without affecting customers or the rest of the system. Additionally, Cloud datacentre design is field proven to support tens of thousands of endpoint