Window on WANs

Feb 19 2010   10:28PM GMT

Choosing the best WAN optimization vendor

Tessa Parmenter Tessa Parmenter Profile: Tessa Parmenter

How can you determine the best WAN optimization vendor for your enterprise? You could listen to rehearsed sales pitches from several vendors — or you could listen to a vendor-neutral analyst like Dr. Jim Metzler on how to evaluate WAN vendor products, ask vendors the right questions and get a WAN optimization vendor snapshot in this guide: Comparing WAN optimization vendors and products.

When I attended Interop NYC last fall, Jim Metzler hosted a session called “A comparison of WAN optimization controllers.” Here, essentially, is the product of that session in a comprehensive unbiased tutorial comparing products, including Cisco’s WAAS WAN optimization, Riverbed’s Steelhead WAN optimization, Ipanema Technologies’ WAN products and more. While it was nice to hear each vendor talk about its own, surprisingly very different, solution during the session — I found it much more useful to look at the WAN optimization controller market through Metzler’s third-party eye.

Let us know how Metzler’s WAN optimization vendor comparison guide helped you choose the best WAN optimization vendor for your enterprise at or feel free to comment below.

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