Exinda Takes WAN Optimization to the Next Level with its ExOS 6.1 Operating System

Exinda, a global provider of WAN optimization and application performance management solutions featuring Unified Performance Management, today announced the commercial launch of ExOS 6.1, the latest generation ExOS operating system for its complete family of Wide Area Network (WAN) Optimization appliances. The ExOS 6.1 release builds on Exinda’s leadership in offering Unified Performance Solutions that incorporate full visibility, control and optimization of each of the users and applications on the network, with a single WAN Optimization appliance.

The ExOS 6.1 release includes several key features and enhancements including the Exinda Edge Cache™, increased Optimization Scalability, and support for IPv6. These features address network issues including the increase in rich media such as video traffic on the WAN, the growing number and complexity of users and devices, and the rising demand for a better user experience.

“The use of video as a standard media type in non-media companies is expanding rapidly,” said Joe Skorupa, research vice president at Gartner Research. “Over the next three years, Gartner believes that video will become a commonplace content type and interaction model for most users, and by 2013, more than 25 percent of the content that workers see in a day will be dominated by pictures, video or audio.” (source: http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1454221)

“ExOS 6.1 enriches our UPM model, which has generated a tremendous response from the marketplace and fueled Exinda’s growth worldwide,” said Kevin Suitor, Exinda’s vice president of marketing. “Many of the enterprise customers that Exinda now deals with have made the switch to our UPM-based solutions because of our unique ability to combine a comprehensive visibility solution with a very granular dynamic policy control engine and comprehensive application acceleration into a single unit that is more cost-effective to install and expand on over time.”

“With the addition of features such as the Exinda Edge Cache, network managers are better equipped to manage network traffic as the evolution towards video-based application continues. In addition, ExOS 6.1 delivers full layer 7 application classification, visibility, and QoS for all native IPv6 traffic, which is an important differentiator for our customers,” said Suitor.

The Exinda Edge Cache enables single-sided caching of Internet-based content, including web objects, videos and software updates with a single Exinda WAN Optimization appliance at the branch office or data center, enabling a superior user experience and reducing WAN utilization costs. With the Exinda Edge Cache, web objects are cached at the network edge when they are downloaded from the Internet. These objects can then be delivered to the users on the corporate local area network much faster, providing a better user experience. By caching these web objects in the local office, organizations can drive down the network traffic consumed by each office, which directly reduces network costs.

With the ExOS 6.1 firmware release, Exinda has expanded Optimization Scalability, which significantly increases the number of accelerated connections on Exinda’s current hardware platforms, allowing more users to be supported on a single appliance. The result is improved performance for more users, without the need for hardware upgrades.

Technical Features of the Exinda ExOS 6.1 Release

Exinda Edge Cache

When web objects are downloaded from the Inter-net or across WAN links, the Exinda Edge Cache stores them at the network’s edge. When subsequent requests come for the same material, the content is quickly delivered from the Exinda Edge Cache, without the need to re-download the data over the WAN.The result is the ability to experience LAN speeds over the WAN, and provide users with a better network experience.

Support for IPv6

Exinda simultaneously provides all of the capabilities for IPv6 as it does for IPv4 traffic, enabling network managers to see, control, optimize and report on both types of traffic on the WAN while service providers and enterprise clients manage the transition between v4 and v6.

Optimization Scalability

Exinda has significantly increased the number of concurrent accelerated connections on each of its multi-core appliances by multithreading several core Optimization modules, which allows multiple instances of these modules to run in parallel, resulting in a greater number of accelerated connections being supported per appliance.

Enhanced reporting

With ExOS 6.1, Exinda has expanded its reporting from Top 10 graphs to include “All Other”, which provides perspective on what percentage the top 10 traffic types represents with respect to the entire traffic load.

Enhanced Network Health Alerting

Exinda has expanded its Application Performance Monitoring and Service Level Agreement (SLA) capabilities, allowing for finer-grained monitoring of application performance and alerts for specific TCP and network health issues.

New and Updated Signatures

Exinda’s UPM solution has the ability to identify and manage more than 2,000 application signatures. With ExOS 6.1, more than 70 application signatures have been added and/or updated.

About Exinda

Exinda is a proven global supplier of WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration products. The company has helped over 2,000 organizations in over 80 countries worldwide to reduce network operating costs and ensure consistent application performance over the WAN. For more information, please visit http://www.exinda.com.