With so many businesses today operating across different countries – and often different continents – WAN Optimization has become a central network management practice. WAN Optimization refers to the specific tools and methods used to optimise the efficiency of a large-scale network environment. But today’s WANs are a very different story to those of just a few years ago – with the proliferation of the cloud, it’s no longer practical to handle WAN Optimization under your own roof.
Today, the most robust WAN Optimization technologies are provided As A Service – in other words, as a network application. This allows you to access your WAN data and review its performance from anywhere, at any time. WAN Optimization relies on a number of technologies, all of which play a part in ensuring your network operates in the most efficient way possible and caters to the needs of your business at all times. Having a good grasp of these technologies is instrumental in understanding how to best optimise network performance on your WAN.
WAN Optimization technologies include:
- Traffic Shaping
- Data Compression and Deduplication
- WAN and Internet Link Monitoring
- Creating and enforcing QoS policies
- Data Caching
Useful articles about WAN Optimization:
- To WAN or not to WAN: the fate of WAN optimization in the cloud era
- A few words on WAN optimization from IRIS founder, Alan Kemp
- Why outsourcing your data center management is your golden ticket to WAN optimization
- What does the future hold for the WAN network?
- How to get credible reports on a large scale WAN network
- Why your WAN network needs proactive monitoring
- How an NMS helps to effectively manage your WAN network
- Why network planning is so crucial for your WAN network
- Is your netflow analyzer Jedi or Sith?
- What you should expect from good network management software
- Myths about network monitoring tools