Exinda speeds up branch office appliance

* Exinda offers low-cost branch office acceleration appliances

One of the challenges for enterprise IT managers when it comes to WAN optimization and application acceleration technologies is they often need to deploy multiple boxes at many remote locations. Aside from the potential management burden and adding complexity to the branch office, installing several devices can get just plain costly.

Australian vendor Exinda Networks, founded in 2003 and also has offices in Seattle, not too long ago entered the U.S. application acceleration market promising to provide branch office WAN optimization appliances at lower prices than some of it U.S. competitors. A bit less than a year ago, Exinda introduced its Exinda 1700 appliance, designed for offices that rely heavily on the corporate data center to serve applications to end users. The appliance, priced at about $1,000, handled speeds up to 2Mbps and was said by the company to be able to increase data speeds between data center and branch office appliances by up to 400% for remote users.

More recently, Exinda last week announced it would provide customers with a higher-speed version of its low-cost branch office acceleration appliances. The company upgraded the 1700 to the high-bandwidth 1700-10, which increases the speed the 1700 appliance series from 2Mbps to 10Mbps. And Exinda says it is keeping the cost down by offering the application for less than $2,000.

Along with faster transmission times, the 1700-10 can also support new technologies, such as DSL and DSL2 - both of which require higher speeds than the 2Mbps device could have handled, according to the company. Exinda executives say this type of appliance can meet the needs of companies relying on high-bandwidth, low cost links for their branch office connectivity.

"Businesses can significantly increase the productivity of branch office employees by deploying the Exinda 1700 at the edges of the network," said Con Nikolouzakis, Exinda’s executive director, in a company press release.

The Exinda 1700-10Mbps version costs about $2,000 and is now shipping. The Exinda 1700-2Mbps version continues to be available at a cost of about $1,000.

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