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WAN optimisation key to virtualisation says study

Survey finds 65% of global IT decision makers think WAN optimisation is key enabler for virtualisation

WAN optimisation key to virtualisation says study
WAN optimisation is playing a growing role in connecting virtual data centres to branch offices and users.

A recent survey has shown that 67% of organizations believe that WAN optimization is a key enabler for a successful virtualization project and high-performing virtualization environments.

The focus group study of senior global IT decision makers, carried out on behalf of Expand Networks, found that 75% of those surveyed had deployed, or planned to deploy some form of virtualization in the next 12 months, creating growing interest in WAN optimization as companies look to ensure they have optimized connectivity from the data centre, to the branch office and mobile users.

The study found that 85% considered it important to deploy a virtual WAN optimization solution within a virtualized environment, while 76% would consider adopting a WAN Optimization-as-a-Service strategy if offered at a compelling price point.

Expand reports that it is seeing growing interest from its customer base for the deployment of its Virtual Accelerator (VACC) at the data centre, which allows the seamless integration of a virtualized WAN Optimization solution into a virtualized data centre environment.

"Supplying product innovation to the market in 2009 has resulted in increased customer acquisition, extended and new partner signings and leading analyst validation of our technology," said Elie Barr, CEO of Expand Networks. "This, coupled with a finely honed go to market and business strategy, has put us firmly in tune with customer demand for advanced WAN Optimization technologies as a key enabler to today's strategic IT initiatives. These include, amongst others, server consolidation, satellite networks, virtualized data centers, virtualized applications via server based computing and VDI.

"Expand's technology is unique in its combined ability to be deployed within a virtualized infrastructure and to accelerate and control virtualised traffic, an attribute of increasing importance to enterprise IT projects and service provider strategies. As indicated in our survey, the average investment for these virtualization projects was over $100,000. With this is mind, our offering is well suited in allowing organisations to rapidly take advantage of the performance benefits of virtualization, while safeguarding and enhancing the significant investment costs for customers," added Barr.

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