What is a Hybrid Network?

The concept behind a hybrid network is simple enough.

On the surface, a hybrid network involves having multiple, different network connections on one site. For example, you’ll often see a primary MPLS and a secondary internet connection supporting a single location.

Why use an MPLS / Internet hybrid network?

Many businesses use this type of hybrid network to reduce costs. Since MPLS connectivity is far more expensive than internet connectivity, these business will use SD-WAN to distribute network traffic in the most cost-effective way (reserving MPLS for priority traffic and sending the bulk of traffic to the internet).

There are downsides to this method, of course. Performance will often suffer on the internet connection, and the user is stuck paying multiple bills from different providers. The user will also have different providers to call for support issues, and it can be difficult to pinpoint network issues when accountability is spread out across multiple companies.

The Cloud and MPLS

MPLS is losing some of its appeal due to the increasing reliance on cloud-based applications and platforms across industries. Accessing cloud-based applications through MPLS is just not as simple as it is through a standard internet connection, and there’s often a delay between the launch of new cloud-based software and MPLS carriers providing interconnections required to access it.

There are downsides to this method, of course. Performance will often suffer on the internet connection, and the user is stuck paying multiple bills from different providers. The user will also have different providers to call for support issues, and it can be difficult to pinpoint network issues when accountability is spread out across multiple companies.

SD-WAN and the Third Network

Thanks to advances in SD-WAN technology and innovations in the GDS Hyperconnectivity solution, there is a third option between local internet and MPLS.

Our solution uses IP Optimization to improve internet connectivity while keeping it secure and cost-effective. By using SD-WAN to create secure tunnels between the user and the nearest Point of Presence on the internet, a sort of “private cloud” is created which increases performance and reliability. The net result is a solution that provides the performance advantages of MPLS with the cost advantages of local internet access.

Fully-Hybrid Networks & GDS Hyperconnectivity

By taking hybrid networks a step further, we’re able to create a solution that is always optimized for performance and price. By maximizing flexibility between carriers, Hyperconnectivity provides access through the right technology and the right carrier on a case-by-case basis.

Each carrier has strengths and weaknesses. Some carriers offer superior delivery SLA’s; some have a more access options; some are good when they’re on-net for both delivery and price; and some are stronger in certain geographical locations.

Hyperconnectivity ensures the best, most secure connectivity at the best price by moving agily to the carrier that provides the most benefit in the current time and place.

Hyperconnectivity Allows for Rapid Deployment

The advantages offered by intelligent SD-WAN become even more apparent in rapid deployment scenarios. GDS can have a site up and running on multiple wireless connections within hours. Once fixed connectivity is in place, these same wireless connections serve as a redundancy to ensure uninterrupted service.

Our network of wireless carriers -- combined with our NOMAD™ device -- means that even temporary or mobile sites can enjoy high-performance, secured connectivity on short notice. Trains, buses, and waterborne vessels can all be connected quickly and reliably.

GDS is the world’s fastest, simplest way
to get secure connectivity anywhere.