WAN optimization and acceleration

Making the WAN as fast and functional as possible requires planning, decision making, and troubleshooting -- and the technologies and products involved in WAN optimization are constantly evolving. Get up to speed with our crash course.

Making the WAN as fast and functional as possible requires planning, decision making, and troubleshooting -- and

the technologies and products involved in WAN optimization are constantly evolving. Get up to speed with this collection of news articles and expert tips.

 

FEATURED TIP

WAN optimization and beyond:
Understanding data reduction and its affect on WAN application performance

For enterprises that require several different types of applications to be accelerated across the WAN, data reduction is an extremely valuable and cost effective tool that merits serious consideration.

 

WAN ACCELERATION

WAN optimization and beyond: Techniques for accelerating branch office applications
Have you ever noticed that there just never seems to be enough WAN bandwidth? These application acceleration techniques can help.

The WAN speeds up
Companies want to get the most out of their WANs, but don't want to pay for costly upgrades. Experts say application optimization and WAN acceleration could really speed things up.

Citrix and Crescendo hit the application acceleration gas pedal at Interop 
Two major players in the application acceleration market turn things up a notch with upgrades to their products.

WAN acceleration goes remote
Remote workers have long been ignored in the WAN acceleration space, but one vendor is coming out with a tool to include them, which could also spark a new trend.

Implementing QoS as part of a complete application acceleration solution
Despite reports to the contrary, QoS is still essential for guaranteeing the quality of application delivery and ensuring predictable behavior across an optimized WAN. In this tip, Dr. David Hughes explains the best way to implement QoS in conjunction with application acceleration solutions.

WAN TROUBLESHOOTING

Troubleshooting and analyzing WAN-deployed applications
Troubleshooting and analyzing the performance of WAN-deployed applications is an evolving business. Many products and services are available on the market to accommodate the needs of large and small WAN companies. Generally, there are two schools of thought on the analysis and performance of applications deployed over the WAN: active and passive technologies. Learn about both with this expert tip by Lindi Horton.

Tools to analyze and troubleshoot WAN-deployed apps
Karl Triebes gives further information describing tools that allow you to troubleshoot and analyze the performance of WAN-deployed applications.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND CASE STUDIES

WAN optimization market speeds up
Dispersion, growth and consolidation are fueling a WAN optimization fire, causing the market to nearly double last year and positioning it to continue on that track.

WAN accelerator boasts end-to-end security
Tight security has made it more difficult to accelerate applications on the WAN, but Certeon hopes to smash through the security ceiling with its new appliance.

WAN optimization for the not-so-large enterprise
Riverbed Technology has its eye on the SMB market with its latest releases, two WAN optimization tools for sites with fewer than 20 users.

Tacit gets into the WAN optimization game
Tacit Networks plans to offer WAN optimization and application acceleration to its small office and home office users.

WAN BASICS AND DESIGN

WAN defined
A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically dispersed telecommunications network. The term distinguishes a broader telecommunication structure from a local area network (LAN).
Read the rest of this definition, courtesy of Whatis.com.

WAN interface confusion
Today's WAN technologies are the product of lots of different standards bodies, both foreign and domestic, and the heritage of our 100-year-old voice technology. It's a confusing mess of circuit-switched, cell-switched, packet-switched and now "label-switched" technologies. In this tip, learn how to choose the right WAN interface.

Designing the wide area network
This tip explores the various alternatives -- synchronous serial lines, synchronous serial lines, asynchronous transfer mode, digital subscriber line (DSL) and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) -- that must be evaluated when choosing and designing a WAN infrastructure.

Differentiating WAN Optimization and WAFS
Storage expert Marc Staimer explains the differences between the often confused WAN optimization and WAFS.

 

This was first published in March 2006

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