The recent years have witnessed an unprecedented rise of applications that are native to, or are migrated to cloud. While this trend awards tremendous possibilities for businesses to realize their objectives, it also mandates greater speeds at which the underlying information is accessed. Increasing the bandwidth to quickly deliver greater loads may come as solution at this point, but this doesn’t entirely solve the challenge of latency. This has catalyzed the growth of WAN optimization industry in the recent past. Market surveys portray WAN optimization industry to attain double digit CAGR by 2020.

Network monitoring for non-essential traffic and subsequent traffic shaping, data deduplication, data compression are among some of the common WAN optimization techniques. But, the real game is being played on the technology side. There is a sharp decline in the proprietary WAN optimization hardware and a commensurate rise of cloud WAN, or SD WAN. Much of this is fueled by the cost concerns of the hardware, at times when cloud models offer a viable option without sacrificing any functionality. Being such these cloud services are today available as Network-as-a- Service. Additionally, software defined network, or SDN, brings two more crucial benefits to the table. First, system upgradation in SDN involves software updation only in the central controller, not hundreds of routers. Next, the control being centralized gives more visibility into the system and a more efficient use of bandwidth.

However, the standard WAN optimization model (proprietary hardware) is also innovating itself and offers products that can be equally efficient in accelerating data transfer within WAN. In this scenario, a distinguished panel of prominent CEOs, CIOs, VCs, and analysts, along with the Enterprise Networking Mag’s editorial board has assessed hundreds of WAN optimization solution providers and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of providing cutting-edge technology solutions. The listing provides a look into how the solutions in this domain are put into use, so that you can gain a comprehensive understanding of how they will optimize business processes.

We present to you Top 10 WAN Optimization Solutions 2016.