1. 10 essential data centre appliances
With all of the noise in data centre networking focused on switches, fabrics and lossless Ethernet standards, appliances like WAN optimisers and application accelerators are often overlooked. But they are important components of the data centre/cloud infrastructure, especially as organisations virtualise desktop applications for remote sites. Here's an alphabetical listing of 10 of the top players, and their products, in data centre appliances.