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WAN Optimizers Add Security & DR

This week has been a busy one for WAN optimization vendors, with Expand Networks, Juniper, and Riverbed making a slew of announcements around secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption, disaster recovery, and file services.


Juniper yesterday overhauled its WX and WXC family of WAN acceleration devices with a software upgrade aimed at securing data. "Any time that an application is SSL encrypted, we accelerate that," says Anil Rao, Juniper's director of product management and marketing.

Specifically, Juniper has tweaked its core WXos operating system to accelerate SSL encrypted versions of applications such as Oracle, SAP, and Sharepoint. "You would see dramatic improvements in terms of latency, speed, and operation," says Rao, claiming that this could speed up the delivery of encrypted applications by as much as a factor of 10.

Juniper is not the first vendor to go down this road. Rival Riverbed, for example, announced an upgrade to its RiOS software earlier this year in an attempt to speed up SSL encrypted data.

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