Golfers need the right clubs. Network administrators need the right WAN optimizers.
When it comes to your business, you don’t want to shank your network, and there are no mulligans to cover you know what… as you don’t have the benefit of taking back potential lost business, lost productivity and damaged brand reputation.
That’s why it’s so important to find the right WAN optimizer for your network. For example, if your data center is built (or is being built) on virtual technologies, a virtual WAN optimization solution is probably going to be a good fit. To fully take advantage of your virtualized infrastructure, a WAN optimizer that can support any hypervisor and can be deployed on any platform, such as routers, switches, servers, blades and storage arrays, will give you the best bang for your buck.
Unless your IT budget is lined with gold, finding a WAN optimizer that fits your budget — not only in terms of purchase price, but also in terms of overall management and support — is important. And, a flexibly priced solution can save you big bucks. For example, with subscription pricing you only pay for what you actually use rather than overpaying for more WAN optimization performance than you need. With subscription-based pricing, the WAN optimizer can be decommissioned at the end of a short-term data migration project or remain in place to support ongoing strategic projects, such as data replication.
Let me get back to the golf analogy for a second to talk about something that’s really important. Imagine you’re on the fairway, and the hole is a few hundred yards away. But you only have a putter and what you really need is a driver. I doubt you’ll be making par on that hole, or on any others for that matter. The message here is that it’s important to have the right tools for the job.
This same thing holds true for your network. Your organization may have dozens, or even hundreds, of applications that run over your network. If the WAN optimizer is unable to optimize all of your current and future applications “out-of-the-box”, it’s either the wrong tool, or one that will potentially delay application roll-outs and cost you more money when a new version of an application comes out, as you will need to update the WAN optimizer to support the new versions. To overcome this problem, network-based WAN optimizers are designed to support virtually all applications going over networks – out of the box.
If you want to stay out of the sand traps and hit a “hole-in-one,” make sure you get the WAN optimizer that fits best within your organizations needs.
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