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WAN Optimization — Where Should It Go?

We just submitted our thoughts on this topic in a Network World article this week: http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/frame/2007/1022wan1.html More and more, we are seeing customers integrating their WAN optimization deployments within their Integrated Services Routers (ISR). Whether it’s part of a larger router refresh project or they have open slots in their existing ISR, the value is increasingly clear at both a technical and business level of leveraging a single chassis for WAN connectivity and acceleration.From a business-level, customers like Norcraft (a leader in kitchen and bathroom cabinetry) have seen cost reductions in rack space, power, MTBF and fewer support contracts that can total up to 70% less operating expenses (see linked story above). From a technical level, seamless integration with existing WAN and router-based services like QoS, monitoring and reporting are equally or even more important, as many VoIP customers can attest to when their QoS (and VoIP quality) is impacted.What are your thoughts on WAN optimization and where/how it should be deployed? What’s worked for you or your industry colleagues?Find out more of our thoughts in this paper posted at Webtorials: http://www.webtorials.com/abstracts/Cisco90.htmwww.webtorials.com

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