Work in Progress: A WAN Acceleration Testing Plan
eWEEK Labs: Henry Baltazar lays out his plan for comparing Riverbed and Blue Coat WAN acceleration solutions.The WAN acceleration market is saturated, and I expect to see consolidation in the near future. Even so, after inviting several WAN acceleration vendors to participate in an eWEEK Labs evaluation of the technology, only two stood up for the challenge: Riverbed Technology and Blue Coat Systems. Im far from finished testing solutions from these vendorsSteelhead appliances (2020 and 1020) and the SG800, respectivelybut so far, so good. During past tests of WAN acceleration systems, Ive used a PC running NIST Net, a Linux-based network emulator from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This time around, Im using 1U Rings Network Nightmare WAN simulator to control my test environment.
One of the key things I will be looking for in the products under test is the ability to increase the efficiency of third-party replication solutions. I will be measuring this ability using Double-Take replication software to mirror data volumes across the simulated WAN.