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How to Cost-Justify WAN Optimization

Published: 18 July 2014

ID: G00263777

Analyst(s): Mark Fabbi , Danellie Young


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.

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  • Impacts


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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