Exinda Makes WAN Optimization Make Sense

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Exinda Networks offers new appliances and a channel program that makes it easy for VARs to get involved with the lucrative WAN optimization market.

In the past the only way an enterprise could deal with a bandwidth drought was to buy more bandwidth, a practice that leads to most enterprises overbuying bandwidth and overprovisioning their data centers, just to meet peak needs.

Today, those enterprises are faced once again with the need for additional bandwidth, partly driven by the adoption of new technologies, such as virtualization, and partly by business continuity needs. But in today’s world, budget pressures and increased operating costs are making obtaining that bandwidth very difficult. What’s more, compliance and security issues prevent CIOs from just throwing more bandwidth at the problem; that bandwidth needs to be controlled and monitored.

The answer to those dilemmas lies with WAN optimization, a technology that can control and throttle bandwidth between points on a WAN.

When it comes to optimizing the WAN, Exinda Networks has an appliance-based approach that offers more than just bandwidth control. The company’s products extend bandwidth control by implementing traffic discovery, logging and reporting; add to that policy-based throttling and packet compression, and IT administrators now have the upper hand when it comes to managing traffic.

Click here to see Channel Insider Labs' walk-through of Exinda's WAN optimization.

The company has also announced a new channel program, which should entice partners to join and realize increased revenues. By combining industry-leading profits, an identified business need and a channel-friendly approach, Exinda will definitely draw attention from a channel that is hungry for comprehensive bandwidth solutions.

Exinda offers two product lines to the channel; the x700 series for WAN Optimization and the new x800 series, which adds application acceleration, TCP acceleration and a technology called WAN Memory. The x800 series consists of the 2800, 4800 and the 6800. All of those units offer the same features but are differentiated by the amount of traffic that can be handled. For example, the 2800 is designed for branch offices and comes in sub-models rated for 1, 2 or 6M bps of traffic. The 4800 model range includes units rated for 1,2,10 and 20M bps and 50 to 2000 TCP connections, while the 6800 offers models that can handle 10 or 20M bps, along with a maximum of 5000 accelerated TCP connections.

Other differences between the models include the amount of local storage and the number of ports and other capacity-related features. The company also offers an x800HP series, where the HP stands for high performance and the units are designed for busy data centers that need every acceleration and monitoring feature available.

Solution providers will find any of Exinda’s products easy to install.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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