• September 23, 2009 23 Sep'09

    WAN optimization ensures productivity gains of workforce mobility

    Workforce mobility continues to gain traction as executives and employees recognize the flexibility and productivity gains that working from home provides. But solving one problem has created another: Mobile employees can be a drag on an ...

  • September 16, 2009 16 Sep'09

    SAN replication trends a plus for cloud computing, but shifts burden to WAN managers

    Storage admins are giving up their dedicated network links for SAN replication, which means more work for the network engineer managing production wide-area networks. This consolidation reduces complexity and enables cloud computing, but it also ...

  • September 03, 2009 03 Sep'09

    Application-specific optimization may not fly as WAN demands evolve

    @66108Earlier this year, WAN optimization developer Silver Peak Systems Inc. joined EMC Corp. and network solutions maker Brocade in Boston to talk about distributed storage systems, disaster recovery and cloud-based network backup. It was a heady ...

  • September 02, 2009 02 Sep'09

    Private fiber optic WAN backbone connects Michigan's universities

    Merit Network, a nonprofit regional wide-area network (WAN) that connects Michigan's major universities to one another and the rest of the world, made a major upgrade about five years ago from a carrier-based circuit network to a private, ...

  • August 26, 2009 26 Aug'09

    WAN engineers prepare networks as cloud computing adoption rises

    An F5 Networks survey found that cloud computing adoption is high. WAN engineers must make sure their enterprises have the right WAN infrastructure in place to support cloud services.

  • August 19, 2009 19 Aug'09

    What recession? Bandwidth upgrades, MPLS, Ethernet migration continue

    Despite the soft economy, Forrester Research has found that enterprises are still looking to upgrade their WAN bandwidth. Also, enterprises are still migrating from frame relay and private lines to MPLS IP VPNs and site-to-site Ethernet technology.

  • August 12, 2009 12 Aug'09

    Signs of IT job thaw, but WAN pros should align with top priorities

    Department of Labor statistics indicate at least an uptick, if not yet a full thaw, in information technology (IT) jobs, but wide-area network (WAN) professionals should still focus on specific, in-demand skills if they want to be offered the top ...

  • August 10, 2009 10 Aug'09

    IP address concerns strengthen push for IPv6

    Experts believe that because of the address limitations of the current IPv4 protocol, the Internet is running out of space and we are headed for catastrophe. The solution is to deploy IPv6, a next-generation protocol more than three decades in the ...

  • August 05, 2009 05 Aug'09

    SLAs, not infrastructure management, critical to WAN application delivery

    Wide area network (WAN) engineers who focus on infrastructure are missing the big picture, analysts warn. Everything should be framed in terms of applications, not routers. WAN professionals need to know how to develop and deliver on internal ...

  • July 29, 2009 29 Jul'09

    Satellite WAN optimization, bandwidth management can cut sky-high cost

    Satellite WAN optimization becomes critical as bandwidth management becomes a "must have" as a result of sky-high costs and high latency that make the task trickier.

  • July 27, 2009 27 Jul'09

    SAP listens, then adds WAN optimization to its applications approach

    SAP isn't in the WAN optimization business per se, although the technology and tools are playing a larger role in its enterprise productivity strategies. Users of the company's CRM, ERP and other applications are more mobile and remote than ever and...

  • July 22, 2009 22 Jul'09

    Wide Area Network (WAN) jobs available in and outside the U.S.

    Enterprise wide area network (WAN) experts looking for work don't have to travel the world to land the perfect WAN job, but a little flexibility never hurts the job hunt. For one thing, professional WAN expertise is still in high demand, even ...

  • July 21, 2009 21 Jul'09

    Riverbed WAN mobile upgrade targets remote workers, SMBs

    Riverbed increases its Steelhead appliance capacity, unveils a virtualized Steelhead Mobile Controller (SMC), and lowers the entry-point for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and branch office users. SMC-VE also provides a more "in the office"...

  • July 15, 2009 15 Jul'09

    Cisco, Juniper struggle to find, keep place in WAN optimization market

    For years, Riverbed Technology and Blue Coat Systems have dominated the WAN optimization market. Cisco Systems has enjoyed success in the market by piggybacking its wide area application services (WAAS) on its dominant Integrated Services Router (...

  • July 14, 2009 14 Jul'09

    WAN controller solves net access woes at healthcare service provider

    Healthcare information services provider PH Tech relies on an Ecessa WAN link controller to provide members access to patient eligibility status, authorizations, claims payments and other information that is the lifeblood of every hospital's ...