WAN (Wide Area Network) definition

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Enhance service delivery model with WAN, application optimization

What is a WAN?
A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically dispersed telecommunications network. The term distinguishes a broader telecommunication structure from a local area network (LAN). A wide area network may be privately owned or rented, but the term usually connotes the inclusion of public (shared user) networks. An intermediate form of network in terms of geography is a metropolitan area network (MAN).

 

This was first published in April 2007

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