“You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole” is a simple statement that applies to many things in our lives. It certainly applies to the way many network administrators attempt to use data center and networking technologies to support their business goals and objectives.
For example, if you have 100 applications that are used across your external network, and your network infrastructure only supports a handful of those applications, you are trying to cram a square peg into a round hole.
Let’s consider some other examples:
If you have a 1.5 Mbps network connection, and you have 3 Mbps of traffic running through it, you are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
If you have business-critical applications competing for the same limited bandwidth as non-critical traffic…
If you have specific regions of the world, or areas within a country that are densely populated with remote users, and you have no local data center or office to support them…
If remote users are primarily using mobile devices to access your web site and it is not formatted to be mobile device friendly… You get the idea.
The fitting of a ‘square peg into a round hole’ scenario also applies to organizations looking to save a few dollars, or who feel more comfortable buying a well-known brand, but when they deploy the product, it falls way short in meeting their needs.
Put a Round Peg into a Round Hole
If you are responsible for managing a corporate network and the applications running over it, and you need to improve network performance, reliability and bandwidth utilization, a WAN optimizer may be just the right fit for you. They address many of the examples above and much more. For example, network-based WAN optimizers accelerate all network traffic. If the application runs over IP, the WAN optimizer will optimize its performance, because it works at the network layer to optimize all applications.
If you’ve experienced the frustration of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, take my advice and put the square peg down – and move on to something that is within the realm of possibility. Find the solution with the right fit to meet your business and technology goals and objectives.
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