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The Benefits of ML-IP

ML-IP delivers several key advantages to organizations. They include the ability to:

  1. Consistently boost bandwidth at any site, whether connected through a managed private network, a point to point network or an IP VPN without any special provisioning by the carrier/provider

  2. Consistently boost bandwidth across different access media (dial-up, PSTN, ISDN, ADSL, T1, etc)

  3. Create a more responsive WAN

  4. Transition from dial-up to broadband-based connections and beyond without investing in new equipment and without effort - ML-IP works across a gamut of connection types

  5. Increase network uptime; ML-IP provides high availability connections. These include automatic fallback to secondary links if a primary link fails and automatic fail-over to dial backup links if there is a network-wide outage. Unlike other high availability solutions, additional links are not redundant, as they are used to carry data when operational

  6. Create practical network connections from very remote sites by bundling multiple narrow-band satellite modem connections

  7. Bridge the bandwidth gap between T1 and T3 in highly granular increments

  8. Reduce dial-up telecommunication costs; ML-IP automatically establishes new connections when demand reaches pre-set thresholds, and terminates them when demand falls below pre-set thresholds
  9. Ensure secure site-to-site VPN transmissions with optional IPSec gateway functionality

  10. Deploy easily; instead of replacing one (slow) service with a different (fast, expensive) service, ML-IP builds on multiples of the same, familiar, affordable service. Increasing bandwidth can be as simple as adding another modem or router. The carrier/provider only needs to supply more of the same service to the customer

  11. Scale bandwidth globally (using an Internet-based VPN)

An Example of The Benefits of ML-IP

The bandwidth gains afforded by ML-IP are best demonstrated by an example. A medical practice needs to send a 20MB digital x-ray image from an imaging office in one town to a general practice in a neighboring town. A router without ML-IP could transmit that image over single ADSL connection through the Internet in approximately 11min 15sec, assuming an upstream speed of 256Kbps and 5% overhead incurred through Internet latency.

If that router supported ML-IP, both offices could install a second ADSL connection and use ML-IP to split the x-ray image across the two ADSL connections. Assuming the same 5% latency overhead, and adding a further 2.5% overhead incurred by ML-IP, the transmission would take 5min 45sec. A third ADSL connection would enable the transmission to occur in approx 3min 50sec, and so on. The productivity gains are obvious and linear and involve only an incremental increase in telecommunications costs.

A Comparison with Other Broadband Alternatives

The chart below demonstrates where ML-IP is positioned, compared with other broadband alternatives. ML-IP offers universal broadband access, which scales incrementally from 128Kbps to multiple T3 connections.

Who Benefits from ML-IP?

Customer Benefits

Businesses who benefit from ML-IP have several attributes. Firstly, many of them cannot obtain broadband access at all locations today, or such access is financially beyond their reach.

Secondly, the cost of incrementally increasing bandwidth is prohibitively expensive and requires major changes to the existing network.

Thirdly, the increasing use of and dependence upon broadband networks makes the reliability of these networks paramount.

Fourthly, some organizations prefer either public or private managed network services.

Small to Medium Businesses with multiple sites that need to share business critical data and want fast Internet access can utilize ML-IP enhanced connections to cost effectively deliver broadband performance.

Many large organisations want to upgrade or replace expensive public or private WAN solutions with cost effective alternatives. ML-IP enabled appliances integrate easily with existing enterprise networking infrastructure to affordably deliver more flexible bandwidth and improved uptime.

Other customer benefits of ML-IP include:

Carrier Benefits

Service Provider Benefits

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