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WAN optimization policy goes deep
The nature of the branch office is changing. Previously, branch offices were small remote sites with groups of workers that had a single focus, such as sales or customer support. Generally these workers accessed the same narrow set of applications. But these days, remote sites tend to be larger and made up of heterogeneous groups that include everything from sales reps to marketing executives.
Now the network team must ensure access to a wider range of applications that put a new kind of strain on the network. Network pros are turning to WAN optimization and application acceleration that depend on role-based and location-based policy setting. In our cover story this month, David Geer presents WAN and application optimization strategies for complex branch offices.
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IT teams are setting WAN optimization policy that takes into account user, location and application type.
Ethernet-dedicated Internet is a continuous, high-bandwidth way for enterprises to connect their LANs to the public Internet and to streamline the performance of their WAN.
Network hardware providers and third-party vendors have very different WAN security offerings. How do you choose?
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In the new WAN, we’ll see the rise of WAN virtualization, user-aware optimization and a move toward hosted WAN services.
SDN could make the WAN flexible enough for dynamic network virtualization, but first engineers must address a myriad of challenges.