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Mushroom Unveils 10Gbps Broadband Bonding for SMBs

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

For those situations when a single broadband connection isn't enough to adequately drive your business, Mushroom Networks has recently updated their broadband bonding appliances to perform up to 10Gbps.

Those who rely on the Internet to do business, whether it is to retrieve data from the cloud or provide access to customers, expect the access to be continuous, fast and reliable. The reality is usually different from that expectation and for small and medium sized organizations that generate business through the Internet, bottlenecks and slow service can be more than just frustrating; it could wind up costing the business revenue.

For SMBs getting the best use out of their existing Internet connections through dedicated T1 lines, satellite, DSL, or cable modems, the only option to fix the problem is generally to add additional, and expensive, dedicated T1, bonded T1, and partial DS3/T3 trunk lines.

Mushroom Networks provides one alternative approach that could offer a business up to 10Gbps Internet speeds through a process called Broadband Bonding. In an announcement made on May 21, Mushroom Networks stated it had boosted its current Truffle WAN Virtualization appliance to enable bonding that is up to 10 times higher than the appliances' existing capabilities. Mushroom Networks' new Truffle E supports up to 1Gbps bonding and the new Truffle EX supports up to 10Gbps bonding, and both can be configured to use copper or fiber ports.

Bonding allows an SMB or an enterprise branch office to aggregate their existing Internet resources (satellite, DSL modems, cable modems, and T1 modems) through the Truffle appliance. Instead of being limited to the maximum bandwidth of any single line, the appliance virtually "bonds" the lines together and treats them as one big pipe. Mushroom Networks Truffle broadband bonding in action.Mushroom Networks Truffle broadband bonding in action.In an example cited by Mushroom Networks, a download speed test using three DSL lines showed speeds of up to 940Mbps, meaning the total speed available was a combination of the total available across all three of the Internet access lines.

"Enterprises and service providers require more capacity, faster networking speeds and higher reliability to support next-generation WAN applications, which includes data-intensive applications, cloud based bandwidth-hungry use cases. With our newest Truffle series, Mushroom Networks continues to lift enterprise WAN connectivity from the legacy, single transport approach to an intelligently designed, virtualized WAN that boosts Internet speeds and delivers higher performance and higher reliability," said Cahit Akin, CEO of Mushroom Networks.

The Truffle E and Truffle EX are expected to be available the beginning of the third quarter. For more information, visit