My Car Wash Is Your Network

by Adam Gervin

Pretty good clickbait, huh? Hard to make any sense of it, but just enough to draw you in to find out what's what. I promise you, it will be worth it.

Truth is, I never expected this bizarre title, or to be writing a blog inside a car wash. Yet here we are. Now, the typical car wash takes about 45 seconds to run. I'm a pretty quick writer, not that quick, but I'm not worried.

Because I'm stuck. Not moving. And no idea when I'll be getting out. How did this happen? Here's the backstory:

I've taken my vehicles through this bad boy over 1,000 times and it's never broken down. Not once.

When I saw today's schedule, I saw opportunity. A quick run through the car wash before my call with Ted @Gartner would still give me 15 minutes of buffer. Sweet.

So I pulled the trigger.

And now, I’ll be talking to Ted inside this damp, dark tunnel (sorry Ted, you’re a good sport). The ultimate example of just rolling with it. So, if you'll excuse me for a moment ... "Hey, Ted? ..."

So, where were we? I can feel a metaphor coming on. Let's try this: things you rely on work, until they don't. Like my car wash. Or your business network. Usually, at the worst possible time.

I'm not an expert on MTF’s and car washes, but I know a little bit more about networks. And if you’re relying on the public internet as backbone for your SD-WAN and business connectivity, it’s only a matter of time before the unexpected puts a ginormous wrinkle in your business plans. Being struck in a car wash will look like a fun Disneyland ride in comparison.

So let's talk about network problems. The vast majority of these problems are related to the common metrics we've all come to dread: latency variation, jitter, and packet loss.

But what most people don't know is that the majority of these problems come and go in under a second. That's right - one second. Let's visualize:


Now, if this curve represents the problem distribution of a public network, like the Internet Core, then private networks like MPLS would have a problem curve like this:



The difference between these curves, and the corresponding reduction in network problems, is essentially a visualization of the $50B private network / MPLS market.

Of course, these problems don't go unnoticed. Network operators try to identify and correct them. But their ability to correct them in time is the key differentiator.

Telcos, for example, are used to identifying and correcting problems that persist for hours or days. Their control techniques make detection and correction of more fleeting problems untenable.


Webscale companies up the ante with more responsive control, designed to address network problems that persist for minutes.


Unfortunately, neither Telco nor Webscale control methods are able to address the big mountain of problems in the sub-second range – the ones that keep glitching your videoconference, dropping your effective throughput, and making your SaaS and multicloud access hiccup and crawl.

That’s why we built Mode. Mode Perfect Network Control™ measures, calculates, and controls the perfect network solution every 150ms. So we identify and optimize around nearly every sub-second network problem. Other networks can’t even come close.


Getting rid of all those sub-second problems means achieving a level of performance previously unseen in a private network, never mind a public one. High-performance for branch access, SaaS, hybrid, and multicloud, MPLS backup, video & voice, large file transfers, and more. But how we do it means you don’t have to pay a fortune for this kind of performance, either.


Mode SD-CORE’s private network performance is available at an affordable business internet price precisely because we solve network problems that come and go before other network operators even know they exist. Our networks run much more efficiently, and we pass that savings on to you, our customer.

Control is fundamental to network performance. Other performance techniques like WANOP are like cherries on the sundae. You need to start with fundamentals. The control bar has been moved to milliseconds. If your network can’t move that quickly, your business and your SD-WAN are leaving performance, money, or both on the table, every time. I’m still in this car wash. And I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever get out. Don’t be like me. 

If you're responsible for keeping your WAN Always-On, bad networks might put your job at risk.

Mitigate your network exposure. Get the best out of your SD-WAN. Live the No-Worry Network life. Contact us today, it’s time ... to Mode and Go.