In today’s fast-paced world, the ability to connect seamlessly across the globe is more crucial than ever. iQuila Cloud’s latest release due at the end of March 2024 is set to revolutionise this space, offering companies the ability to create multiple AI-based virtual switches across various locations in the US and around the globe.
Let’s dive into how this remarkable feat is being achieved and what it means for the future of global connectivity.
Collaboration with Microsoft Azure: A Match Made in Networking Heaven
The cornerstone of this groundbreaking update is iQuila Cloud’s collaboration with the Microsoft Azure team. By leveraging the speed and low latency of the Microsoft backbone network, iQuila Cloud has made it possible for cascade connections from one switch to another to link seamlessly across this network. This integration is a game-changer, offering unprecedented speed and reliability.
Azure’s global network backbone is an extensive and sophisticated infrastructure designed to support a wide range of enterprise and consumer services. This network is highly available secure, and agile enabling services like Microsoft 365 and Xbox to function efficiently.
One of the key aspects of Azure’s global network is its focus on minimizing latency, jitter, packet loss, and throughput issues. Microsoft utilises direct interconnects rather than transit links to ensure symmetric response traffic and to minimise the number of hops and peering parties. For instance, traffic from London to Tokyo would travel over the Microsoft WAN through various paths, including the Trans-Arabia paths, and stay within the Microsoft network as long as possible before being handed off, a process known as cold-potato routing. This approach ensures that traffic between iQuila Cloud virtual switches located in multiple countries stays within the Microsoft global network and doesn’t travel over the public internet.
Imagine being able to connect locations in Los Angeles, New York, and London in a manner that makes them feel like they’re on the same local network. That’s the reality with iQuila Cloud’s new release. By bridging offices into their respective city switches, businesses can now create a low-latency, robust Layer 2 network that spans the globe yet operates as smoothly as a local network.
Revolutionizing Network Management: Effortless VLAN Expansion Across Distances
Expanding multiple VLANs across great distances, like from Los Angeles to New York or even to London, is now surprisingly affordable and straightforward, eliminating the need for costly MPLS services. Thanks to iQuila Cloud’s user-friendly interface, managing this expansion is as effortless as tagging in a conventional Layer 2 switch. This innovation marks a significant stride forward, particularly for businesses that necessitate extensive networking over numerous locations. This streamlined process not only reduces complexity but also opens new possibilities for efficient and cost-effective network management on a global scale.
AI at Its Best: Smart Management of Network Traffic
The AI-based switches in iQuila Cloud intelligently analyse the data passing through, managing both multicast and unicast traffic efficiently. This intelligent management means that any non-essential data is prevented from clogging the network, ensuring a smooth and efficient networking experience.
Unparalleled Network Security and Compliance
Security is paramount in any network and iQuila Cloud’s virtual switches excel in this regard. They conform to IEEE standards and are fully compliant with both IPv4 and IPv6. The inclusion of ultimate encryption, built-in broadcast storm protection and duplicate IP/MAC address protection ensures that your network is not just efficient but also secure and reliable.
Versatility and User-Friendliness
One of the most impressive aspects of iQuila Cloud’s release is its versatility. The iQuila Cloud bridges can be installed on various platforms including iQuila hardware, Cradlepoint hardware, Windows, and Linux systems. Adding users to the network is also straightforward – deploy the client to their device and they become part of your network effortlessly.