The following paper is a DABCC Desktop Virtualization Product Review of the Certeon aCelera Virtualized WAN Optimization solution. Written by DABCC’s Michael Keen.
DABCC Opinion Abstract:
Strong market potential and growth in the application delivery and WAN optimization market are a result of multiple industry trends demanding new solutions to application delivery problems for distributed organizations and mobile users. First, a large percentage of enterprise employees (estimated at more than 70 percent) work from remote locations, and the pressure is on IT managers to ensure high performance and reliable application delivery to these users. Second, IT managers need to reduce costs and increase security by moving application, desktop, and server infrastructure out of branch offices and into centralized data centers and/or on- or off-premise cloud infrastructures. These trends place more and more stress on the WAN and can reduce application performance. These demands have given rise to WAN optimization products that enable IT managers to meet both needs: consolidate infrastructure to reduce costs and provide excellent application performance to distributed users.
The complexity of the modern enterprise – its business and IT components and its linkages with other enterprises – increases the difficulty of implementing changes. Different elements change at different rates, but the pressure to change is always there. In this environment, how can companies make their businesses more agile and capitalize on change? Many enterprises are thinking of moving to cloud services to achieve the level of agility they need to respond to the changing business environment. Virtualization is a common first step; however, virtualization of WAN optimization also will be required since an efficient and cost-effective network is key to delivering on the dynamic needs of the enterprise.