Jul 23, 2012
Leonardo da Vinci had an amazing knack for solving complex problems with simple solutions. Suffice it to say, he was a genius, and his inventions were far ahead of his time.
While da Vinci’s helicopter (also called the arial screw), was conceived hundreds of years ahead of the helicopters we know today, wouldn’t it be great if today’s helicopters were as easy to pilot and maintain as da Vinci’s concept?
The ingenious, clear-cut qualities that are represented in da Vinci’s inventions are certainly needed in today’s ever-changing, overly complex information technologies. Reducing this complexity with simplified approaches will benefit virtually every technology vendor, as well as make the IT administrator’s job easier, more productive, and less stressful. WAN optimization is certainly no exception.
When evaluating WAN optimizers, it’s important to find one that’s easy to deploy, manage and support. This will save you substantial time, money and aggravation. A network-based WAN optimizer with auto-optimization will help ease configuration by automatically learning new traffic and self-tuning the optimization for all applications going over the network – regardless of protocol, application or version. And, enforcement and monitoring of things such as application behavior, bandwidth utilization and security policies will make your job much easier.
If you have multiple WAN optimizers in distributed locations, finding a solution that can be centrally managed through a global management system (GMS) will help you facilitate daily administrative tasks across all your WAN optimizers. You will find that scheduling configuration backups, automatic software updates, and other management functions will be faster and painless.
If you choose a WAN optimizer that offers zero-touch provisioning with a GMS and has automated deployment wizards, you will be able to easily configure them with a simple point and click. Zero-touch provisioning will ensure a consistent configuration across all your WAN optimizers, regardless of their location.
The capabilities mentioned in this blog (and others not referred to) are not found in all WAN optimizers. Many vendors offer highly sophisticated products, but they don’t invest much effort into simplifying the deployment and management functions of their offerings. These capabilities should be at the top of your priority list when choosing a WAN optimization solution. Select from companies that have refined the art of simplification. Remember, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
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