Using Intel’s latest Xeon quad processor into its new 10060-series WAN optimization device, This IT World Canada report says that Exinda Networks is able to claim a four-fold increase in throughput over its previous appliance. The report also mentions that Exinda released the new unit on Tuesday along with version 5.5 of ExOS, the software that actually runs the appliances.
“One thing Exinda has going against it is its size. The company, by Suitor’s admission, isn’t as well known as other pure-play WAN optimization companies such as Blue Coat Systems Inc. and Riverbed Technology Inc. – which, according to Kerravala, hold at least half of the market. Other WAN optimization makers include Cisco Systems Inc. and Juniper Networks Inc.
“Bojan Simic, principal analyst at Boston-based TRAC Research, who was briefed on the announcement, said the new appliance lets Exinda compete better against Cisco and Riverbed.
“What he noticed is that most Exinda models can be bought with bandwidth management not application acceleration, or together on one platform. That gives purchases flexibility, he said. Meanwhile Riverbed and Blue Coat still sell WAN optimization appliances separately from bandwidth management, he said. The Exinda pricing “should resonate well with some end users,” he added.”