Organisations are increasingly reliant on their Wide Area Networks (WANs) to connect different parts of the business in various locations around the world. They may also connect to customers, suppliers and other business partners to exchange data. Additionally, WANs are now used for newer applications, such as cloud based services, video conferencing and VoIP systems for telephone calls. These put further pressure on overloaded WANs and mean that some business-critical processes, such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) may suffer.
What these organisations need, and often do not get, are fast and reliable connections that deliver data across the network in an efficient and speedy manner. Instead, slow lines cause bottlenecks and delays that mean businesses cannot operate as efficiently as they should do.
Anyone who runs a WAN that connects different locations will be aware of the problems this can bring. Trying to squeeze large amounts of data down a communication line can result in slow transmission speeds and frustrated users. One answer is to install faster lines but this generally leads to exponential cost increases — doubling the speed can sometimes lead to much more than a doubling of the price.
A better and more cost-effective solution is WAN Optimisation, which simply makes a network operate much more efficiently and at a fraction of the cost of upgrading the lines. The result is better performance, satisfied users and even a happy Finance Director due to high costs being avoided.