Delivering the Goods: Optimizing the WAN

The real goal of building a wide area network (WAN) is to deliver applications: making vital enterprise tools available to users who are away from the enterprise campus (perhaps in a branch office). Whether the WAN is built across a private multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network or the Internet, network managers always have the goals of improving performance, applying control and gaining visibility. Together, these functions are generally referred to as network optimization - they can be further distinguished as WAN and Application Optimization.

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