You Say WAN Acceleration, I Say WAN Optimization

Understanding the flow of traffic on your network is really the most critical step to ensuring reliable application performance. Only after there is insight into how network resources are being used can any sensible and informed decisions be made about application prioritization. That baseline of the environment provides the critical information required to take action…

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The Top 5 Problems Impacting Networks

The role of the network has certainly changed over the past couple of decades. Prior to being an analyst, I held a number of IT roles and the network then was considered the “plumbing” or the “pipes” of a business. The CIO was focused on applications or desktop stuff and couldn’t really give two hoots about the network…

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Prepare Your Network For Common Core

In 2015, 45 US States will implement the Common Core State Standards. This standardized testing initiative is designed to outline what all students from grades three through eight must know at the end of each school year to adequately prepare for their futures. What’s different about Common Core in comparison to other standardized tests is that all assessments will be issued and completed online, something a disproportionate amount of American schools are not equipped to handle…

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Stop Music Video Streaming From Taking Down Your Network

Last month Taylor Swift poured her heart out in the Wall Street Journal about the future of the music industry, blamed declining CD sales on illegal downloading, p2p file sharing and streaming services and thinks music should be valued by the amount of heart and soul a musician puts into their work. While I disagree with the latter (how does one quantify ‘heart and soul’?), I do agree with the former – the way people are consuming music has drastically changed and will continue to evolve over the next few years…

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Optimization is Everywhere… But is it on your WAN?

Have you ever watched a Formula One pit crew? They have mere seconds to diagnose and analyze problems, to recommend and calibrate solutions, and to take action to get a winning car back on the track. The price for inaccuracy could be millions. The penalty for a miscalculation could be a human life. Have you ever watched a team of chefs in a busy restaurant? Every dish is made with precision – planning, measuring, tasting, and adjusting all in minutes to satisfy discerning patrons. The line between innovative and inedible is measured in pinches. The cost for comprised cuisine is someone’s business, people’s jobs…

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The Challenge of Prioritizing Business Traffic

The discussion around prioritizing network traffic is often focused on the basics: you should control the amount of resources allocated to recreational traffic like peer-to-peer file sharing and social networking, and improve the performance of business applications. In a nutshell, recreational traffic is bad! Business traffic is good! This oversimplifies the challenge most Network Managers face. The truth is, you have to make trade-off decisions about how to prioritize business traffic as well…

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