Quick and Easy Networking

Arthur Cole

Setting up or expanding your LAN/WAN infrastructure is getting easier all the time, with a new breed of integrated solutions that are just this side of plug-and-play.


Much of the recent activity comes from interoperability agreements between smaller vendors, resulting in a wide variety of network options and configurations.


Radware and Riverbed Technology for example, recently teamed up on a fault-tolerant WAN infrastructure setup. The system brings together Radware's LinkProof management system with the Steelhead appliance to deliver an instant WAN without costly bandwidth expansion upgrades. Key advantages include uninterrupted access to data centers, automated management, load balancing and bottleneck bypass.


For those working with iSCSI SANs, Riverbed has forged a tight relationship with EquaLogic to bring systems like the PS SAN solution into the WAN for improved data replication between remote sites and LAN-like application performance.


The new Juniper Networks J-Series routers are designed to get small enterprises up and running quickly, offering LAN/WAN service for branch offices holding up to 100 workers. In conjunction with the company's ScreenOS and SSG secure gateways, which share the same hardware platform as the J-Series, enterprises can establish a fully functional network in no time.


LAN/WAN connectivity is becoming an increasingly crucial network element as carrier networks offer wider pipes at lower cost and application acceleration and optimization allow greater collaboration between the home office and the branch. Competitive pressures are likely to keep the ball rolling in this segment for some time.

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