Posted By Industry Perspectives On December 18, 2012 @ 8:44 am In Industry Perspectives | No Comments
Miles Kelly is senior product marketing director for Steelhead WAN optimization appliances and Granite appliances at Riverbed Technology.
Convergence started in the late 1990s when Internet Protocol (IP) became the “de facto” standard for communication. Today, convergence means streamlined voice, video, and storage delivery via an enterprise network. Hyperconvergence is the predicted future state of an enterprise network that follows the adoption of modern computing initiatives including consolidation, cloud computing, mobility (including Bring Your Own Device -BYOD), and unified communications. The hyperconverged network not only presents new opportunities for end users and IT, but also creates new challenges for network and application performance and management.
One of the major challenges of hyperconvergence is the ability for a network to scale to meet the surge of end users, devices, and overall network traffic. In a research note titled “Plan Now For the Hyperconverged Enterprise Network” authored by Bjarne Munch, David A. Willis and published in May 2012, Gartner predicts that by 2014, up to 80 percent of end-user traffic will move to the wide area network (WAN). WAN optimization with quality of service (QoS) is increasingly becoming a must-have technology to allow networks to thrive in a hyperconverged world, delivering the speed end users expect and the scale and control network professionals require.
When faced with poor network performance, many organizations re-cable or upgrade bandwidth as a first plan of action. However, bandwidth upgrades can be costly and time-consuming, and do not easily scale or ensure the necessary performance for business-critical traffic. As a result, more organizations are choosing to deploy WAN optimization solutions that not only provide a scalable framework that can easily integrate with an enterprise’s existing infrastructure, but also ensure a consistent end-user experience. As a result, employees are more productive and collaborative with efficient access to critical business applications.
Choosing the right WAN optimization solution can be challenging, especially due to data growth and more end users distributed over greater distances. There is no one-size-fits-all option. And a good investment decision is one that meets an organization’s needs today and tomorrow. Key considerations for choosing the right WAN optimization technology include form factor, scalability, integration, support, and value to name a few. Below is each in detail:
As hyperconvergence comes to the modern enterprise, WAN optimization is becoming essential to managing the corresponding explosion in end users, data, and devices. A well planned, strategic WAN optimization solution deployment will allow organizations to extend optimization to every user, application, and location in the world.
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