WAN Accelerator


I'm searching for a tutorial to find a WAN accelerator solution. The network environment is CISCO and I also want to implement a CISCO solution. Are there any solution guides ? I search the CISCO side but I can't find any good tutorials

The reason why I would like to implenent this, there are several performance problems while working over WAN lines (T1) with MS office product.

thanks udo

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I really wouldn't limit yourself to the Cisco product range for WAN acceleration. There are a lot of other vendors which have been in this market space for a long time and have far more experience in this field.

Ulitmately, with WAN acceleration, you should evaluate several products in a lab environment and if possible, using your real data.

I have worked with Junipers WX platform (formerly Peribit), Expand and Riverbed. I have also heard really good things about Tacit (recently aquired by Packeteer).


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As discussed you should evaluate in your environment with something like nistnet (freeware) to create bandwidth limitations AND latency. I have seen Tacit and it works pretty nicely for file shares. If you are doing MS office (Word, Excel, whatever) file opens saves, etc then it is nice. There are I suspect issues with Access databases for example.

Many of these vendors will give you a 1 month trial against a purchase order (or even without).

We got a free trial from Tacit and went with them. There are a lot of articles on the web.

I have the idea that Riverbed look very strong but they wouldn't give us a free trial (without a PO) and we had already done a lot of work with Tacit and the business were demanding a solution.

We get the occasional problem but it's a LOT better than not having it.

Our issue is latency not bandwidth.

Cisco have a set of test macros that might help. I now forget what they do exactly. IIRC when Tacit found out that I was using Cisco tools on their kit they whipped out their own tools and left me to play with them too.

Oh yes, Cisco have a pre-built nistnet CD. I had already got nistnet working so I didn't use it.

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I couldn't say enough good things about the Riverbed products. We use them here at work.

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