The new application accelerator features the RiOS Services Platform (RSP), which enables companies to deliver virtualized edge services to remote locations without deploying additional branch office servers. RSP also features an enhanced Graphic User Interface and role-based application administration, which enables companies to set user access policies. Network technicians can set WAN traffic policies by IP address and port or by port only.
WAN optimization products have been popular with organizations with multiple remote locations and complex document needs, such as engineering and consulting firms. These devices come with high price tags, usually starting at $10,000 and sometimes exceeding $100,000. Companies with high priced, high bandwidth connections between locations can justify such purchases because the products can dramatically reduce their bandwidth requirements, lowering their monthly changes by 10% to as much as much as 70%. Small and medium sized companies with minimal traffic moving among remote locations may not find the products as attractive.
Do you have high-speed, high priced connections between your main locations? Have you thought about deploying a WAN optimization solution? What do you see as the pluses and minuses of these products?