Reliable Connectivity Managed With a WAN-based Data Integration Solution

Any business requires reliable and bandwidth-rich connectivity, especially those needing to support applications that are susceptible to network latency over WAN connections. This is a problem many financial services firms face, given their support of latency sensitive applications like online trading, payment processing and market data delivery. While most data integration centers provide certain latency and uptime guarantees, financial organizations utilizing data integration services over WAN connections have special considerations which must be met. Once these considerations are met, they ultimately work to the benefit of business.

Data Static Over WAN

Financial businesses look towards data integration strategies for mainly two reasons: more effective handling of big data and improved data accessibility and scalability. The impact of data integration strategies on financial businesses becomes a critical piece of an organization’s infrastructure, especially those utilizing WAN connections. As an increasing amount of data flows across WANs to various data management points, the ability of a WAN to process this data must also increase in order to prevent network saturation and to keep data reliant applications from crashing. Once the point of network saturation and WAN processing abilities reaches a significant  level of utilization, latency will appear in earnest, causing financial applications which are susceptible to latency to experience operability issues which at best causes internal downtime, and at worst brings ability of your organization to conduct business with your customers to a screeching halt.

The case for improving WAN connectivity continues to build as financial institutions—primarily those with customer-facing devices—upgrade these devices into IoT devices. This brings inconsistent data bursts from varying geographies into the picture. Combined with business data sourced from multiple locations, one can see how quickly traffic across the WAN can become congested.

Clearing the Air

Obviously, this kind of potential problem shouldn’t demotivate a business from pursuing cloud data integration, but smart organizations will use this as an outstanding jumping off point for IT infrastructural enhancement. With the growing availability of inexpensive computing and storage resources, pursuing or upgrading data integration solutions has much to offer financial organizations. It is a cost-effective way to easily improve data security, accessibility and analytical capabilities, all while providing a better customer service experience for the clients using these financial services.

We have seen financial businesses go back and forth on the ability and need to upgrade their WAN systems. Traditionally, this would be accomplished by focusing on branch-to-data center network traffic, such as e-mail or web browser traffic. However, this approach falls short when it comes to WAN latency across various data integration points. Another issue is can be found in optimizing user applications. Currently this approach is neither cost effective nor friendly, requiring significant development and testing resources, all without any significant impact to production. This method has proven to neither be flexible or scalable in the long run, and often times once the solution has finally been completed and deployed, it is already out of date.

Because of this, we like to bring new WAN optimization approaches to the table, ones that are specifically geared towards handling increasing data loads in inter-data center infrastructures. This moves the solution from the traditional branch-to-data center model and into the machine-to-machine model. In the machine-to-machine model, we bring in dedicated hardware that is better suited towards processing data packets at high rates while significantly decreasing port-to-port latency. This makes implementation easy, as one switch or set of hardware is cut over and can easily be moved back should things go awry.

Champion Brings a Fresh Perspective

The challenges of data integration and data management will continue to hamper WAN latency in financial organizations as the sheer quantity of data increases. Champion has experienced subject matter experts who are ready to rethink the design and architectural needs of your WAN infrastructure, especially in the reduction of WAN latency. We bring a fresh perspective to your WAN performance and will implement a solution with the best possible ROI. Reach out to Champion today to learn how your organization can improve customer satisfaction.


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Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.


Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.


Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!


As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.


He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.


Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.


Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.


In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.


Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.