The objective of this article is to clarify the differences between the Balance router and FusionHub.
SummaryBalance Router: The Balance router is a physical machine, capable of bonding multiple WAN connections to form a SpeedFusion tunnel. Use the Balance when you need to bond multiple WAN connections and when you need a physical router.
FusionHub: FusionHub is an appliance you can install on virtual machines. Any physical or cloud server with FusionHub installed will be capable of building SpeedFusion connections with Peplink devices (including the Balance). Use FusionHub when you need to connect to private and public cloud servers. FusionHub is also useful when you need to use existing hardware.
FusionHub Deployment: High Speed Connection to Remote Cloud
In this deployment, the SME has one office. They run their daily operations on several cloud-based apps (e.g. SAP, Salesforce, Office 365) delivered from a remote cloud service. With FusionHub installed on their remote cloud, they can connect to their apps using all three of their available DSL links, rather than just one. This deployment requires FusionHub because they need to connect to a cloud server.
Balance Deployment: High Speed Site-to-site VPN connection
This organization has three offices located in different cities. Each office is equipped with a Balance router, and are able to form SpeedFusion connections with each other. The Balance is ideal for this deployment because all three sites need to bond multiple WAN connections.
In addition, the Balance comes with enterprise features such as AP controller functionality and Internet link load balancing. This allows one machine to perform multiple networking functions.
FusionHub Deployment: High-Speed Connection at Head Office
Machines from each branch office will be able to connect to the head office as if they were local machines. In addition, machines from branch offices could also connect to the Internet through the high-speed connection at their head office.
FusionHub Deployment: MSP Multi-Organization Provisioning
Each organization will be also able to use bonded bandwidth to access the high-speed internet through the MSP server, providing additional revenue opportunities.