Appliances and Agents

Ipanema’s Autonomic Networking System (ANS™) consists of several components that work together in complete harmony as one fully integrated solution. The distributed part of ANS is made of a series of appliances and agents that are deployed on the enterprise’s infrastructure.

The Ipanema’s appliance portfolio is made of:

  • Specialized physical appliances called ip|engines® that are installed at main enterprise sites (data centers, headquarters, etc.) and sometimes in branch offices;
  • Virtualized versions of ip|engines called virtual|engines for use in virtualized environments, including private clouds and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS);
  • Cost effective and ultra-compact appliances called nano|engines® that are installed in small branches;
  • Emulated appliances called tele|engines® to cover unequipped branch offices;
  • Ipanema Mobile Agents (IMA®), software clients that provide WAN Optimization to individual roaming users or users within a branch office.


Self-managed ip|engines are installed at the customer’s edge of the WAN, typically between the CPE router and LAN. They require no individual configuration, except their IP address. ip|engines are managed from the central SALSA platform. All ip|engines communicate with each other to form a synchronized and distributed system.

A range of ip|engines exists to fit different WAN link capacities and the number of users on a site. Each ip|engine has an optional passive fail-safe to ensure traffic continuity in case of failure.

  • Designed for branch offices up to 300 users, the ip|e 40ax is a compact device able to handle WAN traffic of up to 100Mbps symmetrical bandwidth. The ip|e 40ax has a disk for enhanced redundancy elimination capabilities. It is ideal for branch offices with high speed links and hybrid networks using a combination of MPLS and Internet. Alternatively, branch offices up to 100 users can choose the ip|e 40so, a disk-less device to handle up to 100Mbps of symmetrical traffic in Visibility, Control and DWS (no WAN Optimization).
  • For large data centers, the ip|e 1800ax is a carrier-grade device able to manage up to 2 Gbps of WAN traffic. It includes redundant power supplies and hot-swappable disks.
  • In the middle of the product line, the ip|e 140ax and ip|e 1000ax models are tailored to fit with their own range of WAN capacity and number of users.

Twin and Stack Architecture

Twin and Stack architectures leverage Ipanema’s ability for automated coordination between appliances. ip|engines in a Twin or a Stack cluster behave like one big device for very large data center environments. A Twin accepts up to 4 active ip|e 1800ax in a row while a Stack can manage up to 9 active ip|e 1800ax appliances (8 active devices plus one for n+1 redundancy) for 10 Gbps of bandwidth.


Virtual|engine is a virtualized image of a physical ip|engine. This virtual|engine enables Enterprises to manage their public and private cloud applications seamlessly in the same manner as their traditional business applications using ANS.

The benefits of Ipanema’s virtual|engine to enterprises include:

  • Flexible deployment models, including virtualized data centers and branch office box;
  • Standardization of the infrastructure platform (hardware and operating systems) at the data center and at the branch office;
  • Reduced costs and faster installation times.


Ultra compact nano|engines are tailored for providing full application control with unmatched price/performance ratio in broadband branch offices. The nano|engine devices provide Application Visibility, QoS & Control, Dynamic WAN Selection and Network Rightsizing.

The nano|engine family fits particularly well in B to C sectors like retail, finance and hospitality, where slow response times to access customer data or delays in processing an order lead to customer dissatisfaction and loss of productivity.

The nano|2 addresses branch offices with up to 20 users and 4 Mbps while the nano|5 targets branch offices with up to 50 users and 20 Mbps.


Deploying hardware and software on small branches can be cumbersome and jeopardize the business case. Furthermore, on high-speed, low-latency hubs and spokes networks, a device in each branch may not be necessary to guarantee an excellent user experience.

Tele|engines are made of autonomic software agents running on ip|engines located at central sites. They are automatically instantiated according to the traffic topology and dynamically collaborate to adapt to any variable traffic conditions and deliver bi-directional Visibility and Control to the unequipped branches they serve.

Dynamic WAN Selection, WAN Optimization and Network Rightsizing require the branch to be equipped with an ip|engine, a nano|engine or an Ipanema Mobile Agent (IMA).

IMA (Ipanema Mobile Agent)

IMA runs on any Windows laptops and desktops. It extends tele|engine capabilities with the same WAN Optimization capability as an ip|engine.

IMA is compatible with leading VPN clients and allows a seamless delivery of ANS features to users at home or other remote locations. When users are back within branches equipped with an ip|engine, IMA automatically detects and leverages the appliance features for improved service.

In small branch offices equipped with a tele|engine or a nano|engine, IMA is the perfect complement where WAN Optimization is required in a very cost effective manner.