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If you are looking for a real example of using WAN optimization and Windows Server 2008 together to consolidate and centralize branch IT, here’s a great article just published on Microsoft’s website.
Based in Reading, United Kingdom with 5,000 employees working in 50 countries, Expro International Group Ltd. is a leading provider of well-flow management services to the global oil-and-gas industry. See Expro’s recent success using Windows Server on WAAS (WoW) solutions from Microsoft and Cisco:Streamlined IT operations: Consolidated its 25 messaging servers, removing 21 of them from the field. “We also avoided the need to purchase and install 21 e-mail journaling servers from Symantec.”
WAN bandwidth savings: The company can now deploy Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 for voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony and Web conferencing capabilities, which the WAN would not have been able to accommodate previously.
Improved productivity and performance: “We saw a 94 percent performance increase in opening large documents across the WAN … since installing Windows Server on WAAS, staff members in those offices have seen a night-and-day difference in the performance of SAP, Web-based applications, and general Web browsing … routine authentication is also faster. It makes a huge difference in the pace at which employees can work every day.”
Enhanced regulatory compliance and data security: With critical documents stored on central servers, Expro can increase reliability and reduce management overhead of data backups. It can also centrally and cost-effectively install the software needed to journal e-mail messages, document critical transactions, and monitor servers for regulatory compliance.
For more details, read the full case study here: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000004527

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