Will the WAN Evolve in India?

by Sonal Desai    Jun 30, 2009

With newer challenges such as consolidation, disaster recovery, etc., large to very large organizations spend millions or billions of US dollars. The IT organization is now feeling a growing need for wide area network (WAN) optimization. The technology not only appeals to the networks, but also storage and applications; besides the CIO and the CEO.

Compared to earlier when all organizations worked in silos, times have changed where enterprises made IT deployments for name sake. These days IT has to support business. CIOs and CTOs can not longer work in isolation. A new consensus is developing between not only these two organizations, but also that of the CFO to deploy WAN optimization technologies.

Santosh P. Hegishte (strategic business development) of Reliance ADAG said that there is need for awareness. "Bandwidth is there, people are trying to evolve. The question is can WAN be optimized? It has been proved that WAN is being used at L3, so the algorithm is working at that level," said Hegishte,

But there can still be issues since less than 1% of common enterprise applications run on WAN environment. "More applications are still LAN," said Robert Healey, marketing evangelist, Asia Pacific & Japan, Riverbed Technology. "Even as people are adopting cloud computing services, the need for acceleration is much more."

"With increasing number of people working from home, and more and more of them getting access to VPN, WAN acceleration plays a vital role. The technology will trigger different applications, different concepts. Like for example thin clients will be accepted like never before. It will trigger a lot of mix and match. It will help you prioritise your applications," said Jayant Kadam, deputy general manager for IT at Reliance ADAG.

N. Thiagrajan, CIO of Piaggio, the largest three-wheeler manufacturer said that with Tata Communication and Reliance Communication having set the infrastructure, it will be easier for majority of organizations in remote areas to adopt WAN essentially those who face connectivity problems. "There is also infrastructure available and so, WAN acceleration will evolve," he said.