Window on WANs

Mar 25 2012   7:25PM GMT

The next generation of WAN optimization

Tessa Parmenter Tessa Parmenter Profile: Tessa Parmenter

When WAN optimization entered the scene of networking technology it was often used as a Band-Aid: When an application ran too slowly or distance caused too much latency — WAN optimization came to the rescue. This was at a time when far fewer applications ran over a network and real-time applications were sparse. Now that voice, video, cloud computing and mobility have become common-place in enterprises, WAN optimization is entering the equation at early network planning stages.

Still, WAN optimization must do more to accommodate a mobile, cloud-driven and data-heavy WAN. Not only must WAN optimization be deployed in more places, it needs to evolve and accomplish more, according to ZK Research Founder and Principal Analyst Zeus Kerravala. But evolve to what and how? What features are WAN optimization appliances currently lacking?

Kerravala answers such questions in the article, video and webinar that follow:

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