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Protecting Business Application Performance with Ipanema

January 18, 2017


  By Alicia Young, Web Editor

When thinking about IT transformation, the logical decision is to amplify your WAN bandwidth, increase service availability and improve agility. However, your WAN links may end up blocking the success of your digital transformation if they are overwhelmed. So, how do you fix this? That’s where InfoVista’s Ipanema (News - Alert) comes in.


The purpose of Ipanema is to help you get the most out of your Hybrid WAN by empowering IT organizations to organize all branch office network links—MPLS and direct Internet—from a single “all-in-one solution.” Essentially, it combines WAN security with application visibility, application control and dynamic WAN selection (DWS), which makes the hybrid WAN an integrated solution that is secure, user-centric and scalable. The solution delivers secure, performance assurance across network paths, which consequently eliminates the need for multiple vendor solutions.

What’s unique about Ipanema is that it integrates the capabilities IT needs in order to orchestrate business application performance for every user, regardless of IT complexities. Common IT problems include the number of applications, number of sites, number of users, etc., but Ipanema manages to work through them all.

Ipanema manages to accomplish this because it steers individual application flows on the hybrid WAN. According to InfoVista’s website,  “It maximizes bandwidth usage by automatically directing every single flow to the link that best matches flow business-criticality with real-time conditions of all available WAN links (MPLS, Internet, wireless, etc.), regardless of the application hosting model: private datacenter, hosted datacenter, private cloud, or SaaS (News - Alert).”

Not only is Ipanema self-learning, self-healing and self-adapting, but it is also objective-based. This means that business application performance is protected in terms of enterprises’ business priorities and objectives. These feats may sound like they require a lot of heavy machinery, administration, and so on, but Ipanema makes it possible from a single, easy to use, centrally managed web-based interface. This “all in one,” easy to use solution allows enterprises to manage global provisioning and network functions in real-time, making each action accurate and meaningful.

Sylvain Quartier, SVP, products and markets at InfoVista (News - Alert), discussed the benefits of Ipanema by saying, “The applications that enterprises depend on today create immense network complexity – they are bandwidth-heavy, traffic can be unpredictable, and they cross multiple networks.”

He went on to say, “Video applications like Skype (News - Alert) for Business or Google Hangout that enterprises rely on to enable a global workforce, are particularly challenging to protect. Ipanema protects these and other business-critical applications by delivering an application-aware SD-WAN that can meet the most demanding user requirements for quality of experience, regardless of network and IT complexity.”

Solving these network complexities is important for businesses because better business application performance results in continued employee productivity and, ultimately, end-user satisfaction.

Needless to say, Ipanema has a lot to offer those who are looking to improve their hybrid WAN experience. It has received multiple awards over the past year, most recently receiving bronze in the ‘Enterprise Product of the Year—Software’ category in the Best in Biz 2016 International Award. Back in May, Ipanema was also honored in Pipeline’s 2016 Innovation Awards as a finalist. InfoVista received recognition for their solution in the ‘Innovations in Network Technology’ category. The company is no stranger to success, though, as this was their third time being recognized in that category. Ipanema has also been recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s (News - Alert) WAN Optimization Magic Quadrant for the sixth straight year. These successes, coupled with the company’s ongoing dedication to bettering the hybrid WAN experience, speak volumes about InfoVista and their solution.




Edited by Maurice Nagle


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