As businesses have come to depend on client-server and distributed enterprise applications, the network has become the lifeblood of the company. Business operations demand reliable yet cost effective networks; as network problems result in lost revenue, increased costs, or both. Solutions have been developed to guarantee and enhance the performance of networks by controlling the traffic they carry. These are known variously as quality of service (QoS), bandwidth management, traffic shaping, optimization and, most recently, application delivery (AD) solutions; the term we shall use.

To effectively control how application perform, access behavior control, as well as who has access to which applications, IT organizations must be able to utilize the following functionality:

  • Route Optimization
  • Traffic Management and QoS
  • Application Access Management
  • Application Monitoring and Reporting