Optimising the performance of your network
Many of today’s IT trends, such as consolidation, virtualisation, convergence, Web 2.0, globalisation, outsourcing and mobility, have a significant impact on a user’s experience when connecting to business applications over a wide area network (WAN). Industry analysts suggest that up to 70% of users who access corporate applications are no longer close to where those applications are held and have to access applications over a WAN. Most applications were not designed to be delivered this way; while protocols may previously have enjoyed unlimited bandwidth on the branch or campus network, they are now burdened by the constraints of the WAN and subject to bottlenecks and latency.
WAN Optimisation solutions utilise WAN Optimisation Controllers. These devices are installed on either end of the WAN network link and accelerate traffic over the prioritising business critical applications while limiting bandwidth for less important traffic, optimising the application protocols, compressing data, caching frequently used data closer to users and by ensuring that malicious traffic is eliminated.
Dimension Data’s extensive experience and expertise in networking, protocols and applications enables us to offer our clients a complete solution. Dimension Data’s WAN Optimisation services incorporate a Network Optimisation Assessment, Performance Optimisation Design and Architecture, as well as our support service, Uptime.
The Network Optimisation Assessment is the prime starting point for effective Performance Optimisation as it delivers a performance baseline on the network and a detailed analysis of the traffic types, patterns and flows on the network. This information gives you the insight needed to understand the networks more intimately and highlights areas for performance improvement.
Are you thinking about performance?
Read our latest ideas on the trends and technologies affecting WAN Optimisation and how to ensure it delivers maximum benefits to your business.
Recent thinking includes:
• Network Performance Frustration Research
• Making the Case for Performance Optimisation