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Vendor Landscape: WAN Optimization

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Your Challenge

  • Increased data center and server consolidation has led to efficiency gains, but this trend has also stressed the WAN where applications are being delivered to branch offices.
  • Many Web-based applications are chatty, sending lots of small packets and causing congestion on the WAN. Traditional enterprise applications aren’t optimized for working over a WAN.
  • Implementing WAN optimization controllers allows traffic to be compressed and accelerated, minimizing bandwidth usage, providing end users a better experience, and possibly deferring bandwidth upgrades.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • WAN optimization controllers can greatly enhance the WAN by compressing traffic and deduplicating data.
  • Some vendors have taken a unique approach to common features, creating differentiating features to suit different needs.
  • Create a shortlist of vendors that meet the unique needs of your organization.

Impact and Result

  • Maximize your WAN performance by deploying WAN optimization controllers to optimize traffic flows, reduce latency, and gain visibility into the WAN.
  • Gain insight into which vendor best aligns with your organization’s needs and the future of your WAN.
  • The need for robust WAN performance is ever increasing, so it is important to choose a vendor that will continue to innovate as the marketplace evolves.

Research & Tools

1. Evaluate leading WAN Optimization vendors

Arrive at a shortlist of vendors for further analysis.

2. Create a customized list of the best fitting vendors

Isolate vendors that best meet requirements and accelerate the selection process.

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