Dell SonicWALL WXA 1.3 with Clustering for WAN Acceleration (WXA) Series Optimizes Bandwidth Utilization

There’s been talk in the U.S. recently about increasing broadband speeds which is good news for many.

"As consumers adopt and demand more from their platforms and devices, the need for broadband will increase,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn recently said when the agency voted to change the definition of broadband. “What is crystal clear to me is that the broadband speeds of yesteryear are woefully inadequate today and beyond."

Businesses in particular stand to benefit as the use of bandwidth-intensive applications such as file sharing, collaboration apps and social media by employees continues to grow. The end goal for any business, of course, is to be more profitable and one of the ways to do that is to improve the productivity of its workforce.

Purchasing more bandwidth is one way to help your employees be more productive if they’re feeling bogged down by slow network performance. Efficiently using what already have though may be a better, and less costly, solution. That’s where wide area network (WAN) acceleration can help.

WAN acceleration optimizes the utilization of available bandwidth by transmitting only new or changed data between sites over the internet. Eliminating redundancy cuts down the traffic volume which helps reduce the latency we’ve all experienced. It’s not just about the data however. Accessing an application that sits at the corporate headquarters from a remote site over the WAN can be a torturous experience at the best of times. When bandwidth is throttled due to an overabundance of traffic on the network, everything slows down and you end up with an unhappy and unproductive employee.

The Dell SonicWALL WAN Acceleration Appliance (WXA) Series is a proven solution that enhances the user experience and improves productivity for employees at remote and branch sites.

“While it used to take us 13 hours to copy our largest client databases because they’re so big, it takes just 45 minutes with Dell SonicWALL WXA accelerators.” said Steve Shinsel, IT director, Jenkon.

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Today we are releasing version 1.3 which includes a new clustering feature for the Dell SonicWALL WXA 4000, WXA 5000 and WXA 6000.

Dell SonicWALL WXA 4000, WXA 5000 and WXA 6000Clustering provides scalability for growing organizations by enabling you to link together multiple WXA products at each location to add more users and connections. Another nice feature of the WXA Series is that it’s an integrated add-on to Dell SonicWALL next-generation firewalls. This means you get not only better WAN application performance, but also the added benefit of comprehensive scanning for intrusions and malware before the traffic is accelerated across the WAN or a VPN. The WXA Series is available in a variety of platform options including both hardware and virtual appliances as well as software. To learn more about WAN acceleration and the Dell SonicWALL WXA Series, visit our website. Our customers have gained significant speed with our solutions.

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