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Expand Networks Announces Industry’s First Sub $1,000, Fully Featured WAN Optimisation Solution for Enterprises and SMBs

  • 24 February, 2009 10:17

<p><b>VMworld ’09, Cannes, France - February 24, 2009</b> – Expand Networks <u>www.expand.com</u>, the leader in optimising WANs for branch office consolidation and virtualisation, today announces the industry’s first sub $1,000, fully featured WAN Optimisation solution for enterprises and small medium businesses. As part of its continued commitment to bringing the most cost effective, feature-rich and innovative WAN Optimisation solutions to support IT consolidation and virtualisation initiatives, Expand’s latest Virtual Accelerator for branch offices significantly decreases up front CapEx, reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) and increases the return on investment (ROI) of the existing WAN and branch office infrastructure.</p>
<p>Starting at $995, the new Virtual Accelerator can leverage free virtualisation platforms such as VMware Server and VMware ESXi in the branch office. As a true virtualised solution it can be deployed under traditionally challenging and extreme conditions such as on aircraft, mobile environments and remote and unattended locations.</p>
<p>The Virtual Accelerator can be deployed on servers at the branch office that have become redundant as a consequence of server consolidation, enabling the recycling of otherwise surplus hardware and supporting a Green IT strategy. With full integration with VMware’s Infrastructure 3 Services the Virtual Accelerator supports the full suite of VMware tools allowing IT to deploy, manage, maintain and assure the Virtual Accelerator within the virtualised infrastructure.</p>
<p>As enterprises engage in branch office consolidation and virtualisation initiatives such as server based computing, and move steadily towards a virtualised environment of desktops and servers, users and applications get physically further away from one another, creating a virtualisation gap.</p>
<p>The Virtual Accelerator’s ability to live in, and work out of a virtual environment and optimise all TCP and UDP applications over the WAN, delivers a superior end user experience, closing the user/application gap and puts the user in ‘virtual proximity’ of the application and datacentre services.</p>
<p>“As the pioneer and leader in WAN Optimisation for nearly a decade we have continued to innovate and set the direction for others to follow,” exclaimed Efi Gatmor, CTO, Expand Networks. “This is another example of our vision and ability to execute in bringing industry ‘firsts’ to market. With the Virtual Accelerator we have effectively given enterprises the ability to rapidly deploy a global virtual WAN Optimisation solution, eliminating costly shipping, freight and duty costs, reducing TCO and accelerating ROI.”</p>
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<p><b>About Expand Networks</b>
Expand Networks is the pioneer and leader in the WAN Optimization market and is positioned by Gartner Inc. in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers, 2007[i]. Expand puts users in ‘virtual proximity’ to the application and datacenter services by enabling the accelerated delivery and guaranteed performance of business critical applications and services within virtualized environments and across distributed enterprise landscapes. From its headquarters in Roseland, NJ and its global locations, Expand Networks serves more than 3,500 enterprise and public sector customers in over 100 countries including: American Express, Bacardi USA, BMW, Continental Airlines, Carr America, Colgate, Elizabeth Arden, Reed Exhibitions, Target and United States Department of Defense with over 40,000 units deployed and over 2,000 MS Terminal Services and Citrix customers. Expand is the largest supplier of WAN Optimization products to US Government and Military agencies (greater than 10,000 units) and also has the most units deployed at a single corporate location, (4,500).</p>
<p>Expand Networks, Accelerator, Expand Compass, ExpandView and Virtual Proximity are trademarks of Expand Networks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>i Gartner Research “Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers 2007” by Andy Rolfe and Joe Skorupa. Published December 14, 2007. Report ID Number G00153256</p>
<p>Press Contact
Brooke Radich
Kinetics PR
(02) 9212 3848
brooke@kinetics.com.au</p>

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