Glossary and FAQ

What is SMART Technology?
SMART stands for “Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology.”

What are Router Protocols?
A routing protocol specifies how routers communicate with each other.

What are IoT Protocols?
Internet of Things (IoT) protocols go beyond the connectivity of traditional equipment such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets, printers, and phones to include embedded technologies such as security systems, thermostats, and home lighting systems – all via the Internet.

What is Network Architecture?
The term “network architecture” describes the complete framework of an organization’s computer network.

What is Cloud Infrastructure?
Cloud infrastructure refers to the hardware and software components that are required to support the computing needs of a cloud computing model.

What is a Brownout?
In the context of WANs, a brownout is an episode of unknown duration where congestion-based packet loss and increases in latency and jitter cause poor application performance.

What is Cloud Technology?
Cloud computing is the storing and accessing of data and programs over the Internet instead of a computer’s local hard drive.

What is a WAN (Wide Area Network)?
A wide area network (WAN) is a network that spans over a large geographical area.

What is Network Monitoring?
Network monitoring is the use of a system that monitors the network for failing or faulty components on an ongoing basis.

What is Failsafe SD-WAN?
A failsafe SD-WAN is an SD-WAN solution that delivers both MPLS-class high availability and high QoE (Quality of Experience) predictable application performance for both TCP-based apps and real-time apps like VoIP and videoconferencing, whether built on a hybrid MPLS plus Internet WAN fabric, or a WAN made up only of Internet connections.

What is Failsafe SD-WAN Technologies?
Failsafe SD-WAN Technologies are a set of software capabilities of an SD-WAN offering that are able to deliver predictable application performance over a multi-link WAN fabric that includes Internet connections.

Failsafe Network / Failsafe WAN?
A failsafe network is a network that delivers both high availability and reliable, predictable application performance (a.k.a. Quality of Experience, or QoE).

What is Application Performance Monitoring?
Application performance monitoring focuses on making sure software programs perform as expected.

What is a Network Controller?
A network controller is a highly available and scalable server role.

What is Hybrid WAN
A hybrid WAN (wide area network) connects two geographically separate sites, by combining two or more network links with dynamically engineered traffic.

What is a Network Edge Router?
A network edge router is a specialized piece of equipment located at the edge of a network.

What is Software Defined WAN?
A software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is an application of software-defined networking (SDN).

What is WAN Aggregation?
Wide area network (WAN) aggregation, also referred to as “link load balancing,” focuses on the Internet-facing connections of a business.

What is WAN Optimization?
Wide area network (WAN) optimization, also referred to as WAN acceleration, is a category of techniques used to make the network and applications perform faster and more reliably across the WAN.

What is a WAN Optimizer?
A Wide area network (WAN) optimizer uses a combination of protocol optimizations, using data deduping, data caching and congestion control technologies.

What is WAN Virtualization?
Wide area network (WAN) virtualization combines two or more network connections of any type.