Today, we announced the launch of Managed Internet Route OptimizerTM (MIRO) Controller, an on premise, route-optimization device used to manage multi-homed networks. First, here’s a little background on multi-homing for you non-network engineers out there.
Companies that host mission-critical applications face a challenge when their applications become unavailable due to an outage. The impact of having a slow or completely unresponsive web application is well-documented. A main culprit for these issues is often the Internet Service Provider (ISP) – that’s why relying on a single provider for your application’s connectivity to the world can be fraught with problems. Network Engineers often address this single point of failure issue by multi-homing.
What is multi-homing?
Multi-homing describes the process of connecting applications to multiple upstream ISPs. Multi-homing provides redundancy so the network isn’t dependent on a single external carrier for its operation. Therefore, if the connection from one provider is lost, traffic can be routed to a backup carrier(s) and applications remain online. Internap’s own Performance IPTM service leverages as many as 12 network carriers in any one location for our IP transit services, as well as the proprietary routing algorithm we call MIRO which we’ll get to in a moment.
How multi-homing helps your network
- Efficiency: Utilizing more than one ISP allows you to load balance your traffic in order to improve the performance of your applications.
- Reliability: In case of outages or slowdowns, your traffic can be switched to another carrier to keep your applications online.
A multi-homed network brings its own set of challenges:
- Management: Multi-homing requires significant manpower to manage and rarely is efficient.
- Cost: Rates and commits between providers have to be carefully balanced to ensure your spend is as low as possible while maintaining performance.
- Visibility: Multi-homed networks can be complicated, making it hard to diagnose, solve issues and optimize your network.
To take advantage of your multi-homed network and provide the cost and performance benefits you require for your critical applications, businesses require a route optimization tool that provides visibility and control over the network.
Optimizing your multi-homed network with MIRO Controller
MIRO Controller is a route-optimization appliance designed to manage the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and improve your multi-homed environment by monitoring latency, packet loss, route stability and congestion. MIRO Controller automatically reroutes traffic based on performance metrics, cost saving considerations or a combination of the two. To determine the best route for your traffic at any given time, MIRO Controller leverages the same MIRO technology used to manage Internap’s own terabit per second Performance IP™ service across 80 global access points and 16 data centers. Watch the video to learn how MIRO Controller works.
Analyzing your network
MIRO Controller provides you with the necessary tools to understand the state of your network at all times. A comprehensive dashboard gives you instant access to key reports including outbound traffic, average latency, average packet loss, optimizations made and route changes. For more detailed network data, MIRO Controller also provides reports including:
- Traffic volume across all carriers
- Latency across all carriers
- Estimated cost per carrier