Gartner Research

How to Cost-Justify WAN Optimization

Published: 18 July 2014

ID: G00263777

Analyst(s): Mark Fabbi, Danellie Young

Summary

As bandwidth demand expands, networking managers continue to look for ways to control and optimize bandwidth costs. Enterprise networking and architecture staff should calculate the financial trade-offs between bandwidth upgrades; WAN optimization can help network architects make informed decisions.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Changing requirements and WAN optimization controller solutions and form factors are affecting network managers' ability to cost-justify WOC deployments based primarily on bandwidth savings
  • Focusing solely on bandwidth ROI can cause suboptimal product selection that will compromise networking staffs' user productivity and application performance benefits
  • New technologies and WAN services can change networking managers' economics, compared with traditional, appliance-based WOC deployments
    • The Virtualized WOC
    • WOCs Integrated With Routers
    • WAN Optimization as a Service
    • Internet Bandwidth and Hybrid WAN Architectures

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