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Nomad and WAN caching appliances 1.6

Nomad and WAN caching appliances 1.6

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How Nomad Enterprise functionality compares with WAN optimization appliances for network efficient systems management.
How Nomad Enterprise functionality compares with WAN optimization appliances for network efficient systems management.

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Published by: 1E : Empowering IT Efficiency on Oct 22, 2010
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All rights reserved. No part of this document shall be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic,mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without permission from 1E. No patent liability is assumed with respect to the use of theinformation contained herein. Although every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this document, 1E and the authors assume noresponsibility for errors or omissions. Neither is liability assumed for damages resulting from the information contained herein. The 1E name is aregistered trademark of 1E in the UK, US and EC. The 1E logo is a registered trademark of 1E in the UK, EC and under the Madrid protocol.NightWatchman is a registered trademark in the US and EC. Nomad Branch is a registered trademark of 1E in the EC.
ABSTRACT: Describes how Nomad Enterprise compares to WAN caching appliances in a Microsoft Configuration
Manager 2007 environment… Is there scope for both?
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This document has been created to provide a more in-depth look into the methods used for transferring largeamounts of SMS/ConfigMgr data across WAN links where there is no server at the remote office.Nomad Enterprise is a well-established solution that has been specifically designed to work with SMS/ConfigMgr,optimizing the transfer of systems management data i.e. software applications, updates, patches and operatingsystems. It integrates two components, Nomad Branch® which distributes systems management data once over theWAN using intelligent bandwidth throttling and PXE Lite, which provides network booting capabilities without theneed for branch servers.By using bandwidth throttling and ensuring data is only ever copied once over the WAN, Nomad Branch reduces theneed for servers to act as Distribution Points in branch offices. This not only reduces hardware and software costs of placing a server at these sites but also removes the administration overhead of managing these devices.By providing network booting capabilities from a workstation, PXE Lite reduces the need for server-class hardware tosupport operating system deployments. It automates remote network booting, removing the need for userintervention and thus reducing the need for costly desktop site visits.In recent years there has been a rise in WAN optimization technology and specifically WAN caching appliances.These appliances are generalized in their application as they look at all traffic passing over the WAN link, not justSMS/ConfigMgr traffic. They offer data compression as well as local caching of network packets, reducing the needfor the same data to pass over the link.Typically people would look at WAN optimization technology to address specific issues, for example a mission criticalapplication that is suffering from network performance latency. In this instance, an organization could choose tospend money on upgrading their WAN link or to buy a WAN optimization appliance to make the link work smarter.What may be happening however is that performance is suffering because the link is being flooded when softwaredeployments are taking place, and it is this area that Nomad Branch has been specifically designed to address.Some examples of manufacturers providing WAN caching appliances include:
Juniper Networks
WXC Framework devices
Expand Networks - Accelerator
ProxySGAlthough the overall objective of these appliances and Nomad Enterprise is the same i.e. to reduce the amount of traffic going across the WAN, they do it in very different ways.

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