Enterprise WAN Connectivity & Optimization – 2014 Snapshot of Evolution


The enterprise WAN is evolving. Connectivity between the enterprise and remote branch has been historically achieved through private leased line connections. Because these connections are expensive, bandwidth is often limited to what is affordable, often resulting in congestion, contention, and performance issues at the remote site. The tried and true method for resolving this problem [...]



By | December 30th, 2013|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

A Means to an End: Cloud & Virtualization Not a Cure-all


I was on a call listening to a Riverbed customer explain the dilemma they were facing and how Riverbed helped them solve a difficult performance issue. What was really interesting was how the problem came about. The company decided to go to a cloud-based SaaS service for a major application. The good news is that [...]



By | December 9th, 2013|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

Back to Basics: The Growth of Web Content and Why Load Balancers and Optimization Solutions Matter


Okay so networking fabric wars, OpenFlow, and SDN startups are all the buzz in the networking space right now and while it is fun to speculate and debate the topic, it is time to get back to basics. Sure we need to decouple the network plumbing from its current rigid, fixed, physical design, but let’s [...]



By | May 4th, 2012|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

VDI: “Killer App” for the Network, or Network Killer?


A lot my coverage over the past couple of years has been focused on the increasingly interesting mix of applications that get delivered over enterprise networks and the impact that has on how networks are being planned and operated. This cocktail has become increasingly volatile, as latency-insensitive traffic loads are mixed with a growing number [...]



By | May 2nd, 2012|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

A Bravo New World for Network Infrastructure and Management Solutions (A Thoma Bravo New World, that is….)


Even people outside of the technology sector recognize the Cisco brand. Cisco has a very strong global presence that transcends the technology sector. However as one dives deeper into the network technology sector, especially into the networking infrastructure segment the names of these technology vendors may not transcend much beyond the target user group within [...]



By | April 15th, 2012|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

Virtualizing the Edge


There is no question WAN optimization technology was a game changer. It took away a major pain point for the most popular and common protocols that suffered noticeable performance degradation over WAN connections. While the technology has been very successful in optimizing specific traffic types, there are others that have remained underserved, most notable are [...]



By | February 2nd, 2012|IT Management, Network Management, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

Tremors and New Opportunities Ahead in 2012 for the Network-based App Delivery Optimization Market


The game is afoot. Riverbed announced that they had “purchased certain assets of Expand Networks, including its intellectual property, out of liquidation in Israel. Riverbed did not purchase the corporate entity of Expand Networks and has not assumed any of Expand’s liabilities, obligations or contracts.” Last October Expand Networks had gone into liquidation under the supervision [...]



By | January 12th, 2012|IT Management, Network Management, Scott Crawford, Tracy Corbo|0 Comments

Fall 2011 WAN Opt Update


(Editors Note:  Today’s post is by EMA Senior Analyst Tracy Corbo) Finally freed from the demands of crunching together data for our just-released ADC/LB radar report, it was a good time to check in on the WAN optimization front and see what has been transpiring over the last couple of months. What I found was [...]



By | November 7th, 2011|IT Management, Jim Frey|0 Comments

An Alternative Approach to WAN Optimization


(Editor’s note:  Today’s post is by guest blogger and EMA Senior Analyst, Tracy Corbo) One of the many insights we gained while compiling EMA’s recent WAN Optimization Controller (WOC) Radar Report, and after talking to numerous WOC users, is that there are many situations where dedicated WAN links are simply not an option. Traditional WOC [...]



By | April 28th, 2011|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments

Enterprise Mobility Meets WAN Optimization

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EMA recently studied WAN Optimization technologies, publishing an EMA Radar Report on the topic last month, and in the process compared 13 major solution suppliers. Part of that investigation included an assessment of each supplier’s mobile solutions, for helping to establish optimal application and service performance for endpoints that may or may not be able [...]



By | April 6th, 2011|IT Management, Jim Frey, Network Management|0 Comments
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