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Expand Signs With H3C

WAN optimization vendor Expand Networks has signed a multiyear agreement with Huawei-3Com (H3C) whereby routers from H3C will be equipped with integral WAN optimization from Expand later this year. (See Expand Teams With H3C.)

The move is interesting on several fronts. It's further proof of the growing popularity of WAN optimization and WAFS (wide-area file services) and the trend toward integrating the combined technologies in software with routers and other networking gear.

Expand, for instance, says it created a software-only version of its Compass optimizer as part of the H3C deal. Expand's software will first appear later as part of H3C's network management software for switches and routers.

Cisco has taken this kind of unbundling approach with its Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) software, which is sold with Cisco's Integrated Services Router (ISR). (See Cisco Intros Services.) Packeteer has also moved its wares to a software-only platform for similar flexibility. (See Brocade & Packeteer Widen Target.)

Terms of the Expand/H3C agreement, including its duration, weren't provided. But it includes worldwide sales rights with joint development. And it is not exclusive; Expand says it's free to OEM with other vendors.

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