Author: Leo D’Alessandro – Product Marketing Manager, Sangoma
Large multi-location retailers rely on Wide-Area-Networks (WAN) to transfer and store data to headquarters to manage inventory. The technology used to do this can differ depending on the age of the retailer, from legacy on-premise equipment to modern cloud-based infrastructures.
Today, new retailers are investing in SD-WAN technology (Software Defined Networking WAN) because it connects all retail stores under a single network, eliminating the need to upload data from each store into the central server at HQ each night – all the inventory data is always accessible. However, for older retailers this modern approach can be quite challenging, financially, to update their existing infrastructure considering the cost involved in overhauling multiple city or country locations.
Retailers who rely on legacy infrastructure to collect inventory data typically use an MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) network which collect inventory data from each store, over their LAN (Local Area Network) and transfer it to headquarters over a T1 connection through a communication provider. This requires routing equipment that automatically translate the LAN and T1 disparate networks.
In the past, several vendors have been providing such router equipment. Recently they have started discontinuing these products, leaving retailers in a difficult situation to find alternative vendors. Fortunately, Sangoma provides a line of A-series T1 data telephony cards which are designed to perform these exact tasks.
Whether you’re looking for a plug-and-play solution for your existing legacy router or wish to create your own cost-effective router to deploy at each location, Sangoma has the answer to help you extend your existing legacy data WAN network.
To learn please visit: sangoma.com/solutions/data-wan/