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Layer 2 Tunnel Bonding Capability

Added by Clint Guillot 6 months ago. Updated 4 months ago.

Status:
New
Priority:
Normal
Assignee:
-
Category:
Multi-WAN
Target version:
-
Start date:
04/01/2021
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% Done:

0%

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Description

Ability to tunnel traffic over multiple WAN connections back to another PF appliance at a central location in order to aggregate bandwidth of the connections. This functionality is intended to allow the use of PF to compete against the bandwidth aggregation and failover functionality of products such as Velocloud.

This differs from the existing multi-wan failover and load balancing in two ways: 1. NAT is performed at the "central office" end of the tunnels, so that all traffic from customer appears to come from a single IP address and 2. because the tunnels are being bonded using some layer 2 method, the full aggregate bandwidth of both connections back to central is available to a single connection.

While #1 above can be done now using multiple tunnels and load balanced gateways, #2 is not currently possible. Though the real-world usefulness of #2 is limited to a small percentage of use cases, the "speed tests" most end users consider the most important metric of their ISP or "SDWAN" (drink!) solution fall into this group.

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