Network optimisation supplier Packeteer is working with Microsoft to develop a “branch office in a box” to help users deploy wide area networks (Wans) and file systems.
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The two companies are developing a product called iShaper, due later this quarter. It combines Packeteer’s Wan optimisation and its application visibility and prioritisation technologies with Microsoft technologies.
The product is designed to help administrators deliver and use applications over a Wan and take advantage of the full range of Windows services for file, print, Active Directory, networking, and more.
Combining Wan optimisation, prioritisation and visualisation technologies in one box with the rich set of native Windows services is a significant milestone in Microsoft’s strategy to deliver branch IT solutions that unify security and management technologies.
“The remote branch office is becoming one of the top network IT initiatives of the decade,” said Lucinda Borovick, programme director, datacentre networks, IDC.
“IT organisations want to deliver leading edge server and storage resources to the distributed enterprise while keeping operational and management costs in line.
“Unified branch office appliances that include application visibility, security and accelerated delivery of applications will play a major role in meeting the needs of the remote branch.”
iShaper is designed to support security and Wan acceleration of more than 600 applications, without the need to deploy multiple products.
Through the agreement, Packeteer is licensing Microsoft protocols, which it plans to include in future releases of iShaper. In Q4 2007, Packeteer plans to deliver the next version of iShaper, integrating additional ISA Server technology for advanced firewall protection, virtual private network services and secure web (HTTPS) application acceleration capabilities.
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