IT organizations face a number of increasing pressures to increase productivity, improve application performance, provide infrastructure conducive to global collaboration, improve posture toward data protection and compliance, and minimize costs across the board. These pressures come largely as a result of initiatives to increase availability and resiliency in times of an "always on" business driven by the Internet, natural disasters, acts of war, and increasing competition. The challenge is that the corporate workforce continues to become more global, and the characteristics of WANs are dramatically different from those of LANs. Simply consolidating infrastructure provides better support for global collaboration, cost reduction, and better posture toward data protection and compliance, but does so at the cost of performance and productivity. Adding servers to the infrastructure potentially can improve performance but does so at the cost of capital and operational expenditure, data protection, and complexity.
Application acceleration and WAN optimization are powerful technologies incorporated into accelerator solutions that are designed to help IT professionals intelligently deploy, in central managed facilities, an infrastructure that provides performance metrics for remote users that foster productivity, job satisfaction, and global collaboration. Accelerator solutions enable high-performance access to remote information such as files, content, video, rich media, applications, and more. These solutions can help IT organizations satisfy requirements from users, management, and regulatory bodies simultaneously.