Optimize application performance: the complexity of large global networks provides a particular challenge to IT managers.
Managing WAN application traffic flow in organizations with a limited number of offices can be demanding. Yet, some businesses have hundreds or thousands of offices that must share and manage information over the network. These organizations often find that they need to optimize optimize - optimisation application performance using a more strategic approach.
One issue that many large organizations grapple with is that applications used within the company may be different. Thus, network teams are often confronted with a complex environment: dozens of applications, thousand of sites and tens of thousands of workstations.
This complexity means that the slightest incident with centrally located servers may cause serious repercussions repercussions npl → répercussions fpl
repercussions npl → Auswirkungen pl at branch offices, including a complete failure of network services.
These challenges are compounded by the size and complexity of meshed Meshed: see Mashhad, Iran. networks, coupled with the characteristically small size of the central IT team and the fact remote offices often cannot justify having dedicated equipment on site. In addition, these organizations are challenged to deliver the quality of experience to mobile workers to ensure their productivity.
For example, branches often exchange information with other sites, such as hosting applications from server centers or providing load-balanced access to regional offices. In some instances, corresponding sites can differ from one branch to the next (e.g., the Boston branch and the San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden branch may not be in contact with the same regional office and therefore receive different information).
This situation translates to "some-to-many flows," where a small number of sites communicate with a subgroup sub·group
1. A distinct group within a group; a subdivision of a group.
2. A subordinate group.
3. Mathematics A group that is a subset of a group.
tr.v. of offices. To guarantee application performance, this partial meshing needs to be taken into account by the company's optimization optimization
Field of applied mathematics whose principles and methods are used to solve quantitative problems in disciplines including physics, biology, engineering, and economics. system. This system should automatically determine the groups covering central branches and be capable of managing situations where there is competition between the different flows.
OPTIMIZATION'S THREE INGREDIENTS
Network professionals need to be armed with tools and methods that allow them to get information, make decisions and rapidly apply them. Network managers need three ingredients to optimize large branch office applications successfully:
* an overall view of applications, traffic matrices, network performance and applications;
* the ability to guarantee the performance of critical applications at all times; and
* the jurisdiction to act locally in case of any incident (e.g., alarms, local analyses of flows).
In addition, network managers need to manage their budgets and supply high-level information to management or to their internal customers.
Traditional network traffic tools offer management rules and traffic monitoring for each site, but they may soon surpass their limits because the configuration becomes too complex due to the multitude of possible situations. In these cases, managing change can become a nightmare.
Without real-time visibility into end-user response times and traffic flows, the management and optimization of application performance can be difficult. Too often, network managers have no way of knowing how well their organization or service provider is meeting its performance targets.
Other solutions have also emerged in recent years, such as WAN optimization WAN optimization products seek to accelerate a broad range of applications accessed by distributed enterprise users via eliminating redundant transmissions, staging data in local caches, compressing and prioritizing data, and streamlining chatty protocols (e.g., CIFS).. controllers (WOCs), which address application performance hurdles in selected portions of the network. Some enterprises have tactically deployed WOCs at sites that exhibit poor end-user experiences for networked business applications. While this approach has advantages because of the immediate relief it provides, not all networks are compatible with such a tactical approach to application performance.
Many large organizations, however, cannot deploy WOCs on their networks. Modern networks have meshed topologies that WAN optimization controllers might not be able to handle properly. Even if the technology tends to be more affordable, these tools still cost much more than a branch router router
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In addition, WOCs need to be configured con·fig·ure
tr.v. con·fig·ured, con·fig·ur·ing, con·fig·ures
To design, arrange, set up, or shape with a view to specific applications or uses: individually. The configuration of each device needs to be consistent with the others, yet all devices must reflect local requirements. Finally, few are able to scale benefits to hundreds or thousands of sites.
A new generation of WOCs can cooperate with each other as part of a global WAN optimization system. These WAN optimization systems offer a more global top-down approach Top-down approach
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Efficiency. WAN optimization systems address application performance problems globally. They not only reduce the response times of business applications but also guarantee consistent response times regardless
of network topology See topology. and occurrences on the network.
Minimal investment costs Those program costs required beyond the development phase to introduce into operational use a new capability; to procure initial, additional, or replacement equipment for operational forces; or to provide for major modifications of an existing capability. . The components within WAN optimization systems cooperate with each other so they can serve the needs of all branch offices without requiring a device at each site.
Low management costs. Network managers configure See configuration.
(software) configure - A program by Richard Stallman to discover properties of the current platform and to set up make to compile and install gcc.
Cygnus configure was a similar system developed by K. WAN optimization systems globally using application-performance objectives. Devices do not need to be configured individually. WAN optimization systems dynamically compute To perform mathematical operations or general computer processing. For an explanation of "The 3 C's," or how the computer processes data, see computer. and apply configurations based on algorithms The following is a list of the algorithms described in Wikipedia. See also the list of data structures, list of algorithm general topics and list of terms relating to algorithms and data structures. that ensure correct settings, even when the network, applications, users or site characteristics are evolving.
Scalability. WAN optimization systems are designed and built for large networks. They are able to scale to the largest networks without risking or affecting efficiency and reliability.
Frank Lyonnet is vice president of product marketing for Ipauema Technologies, Waltham, Mass.
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