Window on WANs

Jan 25 2010   3:28PM GMT

Is new technology hurting your wide area network?

Tessa Parmenter Tessa Parmenter Profile: Tessa Parmenter

To those managing, building and working on enterprise wide area networks (WANs):

I’m pleased to introduce myself as the new site editor of

As I’ve worked on for the past few years, I’ve come to find that many emerging technologies intended to help IT professionals do more with less may be easing other facets of IT, but not the network — WANs included.

Take virtualization for example — a technology meant to save power and physical resources — actually makes managing and monitoring networks very difficult. Likewise, as this Q&A with Riverbed Technology’s chief scientist suggests, the flexibility that cloud computing offers may kill WAN performance.

While these new technologies work against the WAN, I plan to provide you with the information and resources necessary to meet those challenges.

Is there a particular technology putting stress on your corporate WAN? Are you stuck on a particlar task? If so, tell me what you’re working on at or leave a comment below. Or, to stay up on WAN news and tips, you can follow us at NetworkingTT* on Twitter; sign up for our WAN RSS feed; or subscribe to any of our free WAN newsletters through your TechTarget member profile.

I look forward to your responses!
Tessa Parmenter — Site Editor

*Correction: @NetworkingTT not @NetworkTT — shares the same Twitter account as (2/25/10).

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