Aug 9, 2012
I think I’m safe to assume your organization relies on networked applications to sell products or services, communicate and share information with customers, partners and remote employees, improve regulatory compliance, and much more.
As your reliance on networked applications increases, and you broaden your reach to far-away users, the Internet, WANs and MPLS networks become even more critical.
And, going a bit further out on my assertion, when it comes to applications, moving mass amounts of data over external networks, replicating data to offsite locations, and delivering real-time access to data stores, I think it’s fair to say the network is the application.
The Internet has changed the world we live in today, enabling us to communicate and share information with relationships and partnerships that far exceed the geographic boundaries of our corporate data centers. As soon as you want to share applications and information beyond the local area network, you need some type of point-to-point or shared public connection.
Using a comparative analogy, the automobile has changed our world forever. But, without Franklin D. Roosevelt’s National Interregional Highway Committee; and ultimately the funding through Dwight D. Eisenhower’s National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, our automobile experience and use would have remained quite local. Their measures promoted the wide area use of autos and thus, ultimately impacted every area of life – commerce, leisure, communications, etc.
Communication networks have had a similar impact on virtually every aspect of society and commerce. It’s impossible to quantify the tremendous influence the Internet, and IP networks in general, have had around the world. In fact, enterprise IT infrastructure, without the critical component of WAN infrastructure, would have a devastating impact.
Therefore, it’s imperative for any organization that delivers critical applications over WANs to make sure they have the performance and reliability needed to properly run their business.
I realize IT organizations have separate departments for developing, testing and deploying applications; for architecting and engineering networks; defending the enterprise with security measures; and ensuring regulatory compliance. The bottom-line for applications, security and compliance is they all rely on a common denominator to work – the network.
For many enterprises, there never seems to be enough WAN bandwidth. In most cases, even if WAN bandwidth was tripled, it would still be significantly smaller than the throughput on their LAN. As a result, IT administrators need to get the most out of their WAN links.
Fortunately, there are WAN optimization solutions that apply diverse performance enhancements. A sampling of these WAN improvements include, lowering bandwidth consumption by compressing data, storing repetitive data patterns locally and consolidating connection turns; they guaranty bandwidth for critical applications, while controlling the effects of other traffic; and they eliminate packet loss and out-of-order packets to ensure network reliability.
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When it comes to fast and reliable application delivery, don’t neglect the number one application delivery source – the network.