Storage WAN optimization and WAFS platforms:

WAN optimization and WAFS platforms

Instead of maintaining ad hoc IT infrastructures at each remote office, consolidation moves the IT resources back to a main data center, allowing centralized applications and data to be accessed remotely across a wide area network (WAN) link. Wide area file services (WAFS) is a key technology for this type of centralization, allowing real-time, read-write data access. Since data demands WAN bandwidth, WAN optimization is often equally important, using a variety of technologies to pass more data in less time, speeding data transfers and saving bandwidth costs. But, WAFS and WAN optimization products should be evaluated very carefully. Now that you've reviewed the essential issues involved in any backup acquisition, this guide focuses on specific considerations for WAFS and WAN optimization products. You'll also find a series of specifications to help make on-the-spot product comparisons between vendors.

WAN-WAFS platform purchase considerations:

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  • How to purchase WAN and WAFS optimization products

    Buying Guide -  Instead of maintaining ad hoc IT infrastructures at each remote office, consolidation moves the IT resources back to a main data center, allowing centralized applications and data to be accessed remotely across a WAN link. WAFS is a key technology for...

WAN-WAFS platform specifications:

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  • WAN/WAFS platform specifications

    Buying Guide -  WAFS products support the efficient exchange of data between remote locations over a WAN, allowing remote offices to access data from a data center as if it were local. WAFS can typically support a wide range of applications across virtually any WAN...