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WAN bandwidth optimization tools and techniques primer 
The key to making the most of wide area network (WAN) links lies in grooming and reducing the traffic that travels across them, and in avoiding as many potential sources of delay as possible. Ultimately, the best way to determine what works for you is to test different types of WAN optimization equipment. This guide evaluates of seven WAN bandwidth optimization techniques, and describes their implementation and application.

Classes of MPLS services primer 
MPLS/VPNs are called many different names according to the whim of marketers, yet only three classes of MPLS-based VPN services exist. To learn about the different MPLS classes and which to select for your wide area network (WAN), read this technology primer on the pros and cons of various MPLS/VPN service types.

Cloud computing tutorial for WAN managers 
After months of cloud computing hype, enterprises are turning toward actual cloud deployment. If your company is considering the service, check out this cloud computing tutorial, where you’ll find what wide area network (WAN) managers need to know about cloud computing technology, the different types of clouds that are available to enterprises, how to prepare your WAN for cloud adoption and much more.

IPv6 migration guide 
IPv6 migration has been on the horizon since at least 2003, but according to many experts, the time is now here to begin making the transition from IPv4, if you haven't already. In this crash course, you'll find answers to your top IPv6 questions, including what IPv6 is, how it differs from IPv4, and how to begin making the transition.

WAN optimization controller comparison 
As companies increase their use of Software as a Service and other forms of public and private cloud computing, the amount of application traffic that transits the WAN will only increase. This traffic increase will make IT organizations even more interested in deploying WAN optimization and acceleration. Although there are similarities in the WOCs currently available in the WAN optimization marketplace, there are also some significant differences. One goal of this guide is to help IT organizations to create a short list of WOCs to investigate. The second goal is to provide some benchmarks and characteristics to look for to help compare WAN optimization vendors and products.

VPN tutorial: Understand the basics of IPsec and SSL 
The virtual private network (VPN) used to be a new concept for most businesses; nowadays, it is included in many security-related products. In this VPN tutorial you will learn all about VPN basics, starting with the different types of VPNs and ending with a VPN implementation strategy.

This was first published in February 2011

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