Hi folks, here’s something that I think we should all pay more attention to…WAN Optimization! There are numerous products on the market for WAN optimization and acceleration, and they do cost a little bit of money but when compared to the long term cost savings of monthly WAN link costs you can start to see the value.
In most cities the telcos also have IT divisons that come in and consult and tell you that you need more bandwidth when you find that data isn’t moving from point A to point B fast enough. Now in some cases this might be very true, but a lot of the time I see people getting recommended to buy bigger/better/faster lines to address their bandwidth issues when more often than not the issues could be solved with proper configuration of QoS and the use of WAN acceleration/optimization.
I encourage network administrators to look into the myriad of products out there in this space, from Citrix, F5, and Cisco to name a few. Usually the telcos don’t like it when you suggest products like this because it takes away from their bottom line.