Through IP acceleration, GCI SchoolAccess offers a scalable option for improving application delivery over our satellite network. Users experience a boost in performance and higher data transfer rate through the optimization of Transfer Control Protocol (TCP) applications. IP acceleration also caches requested data blocks to prevent redundant transmissions and further increase performance.
Advanced WAN Acceleration
Advanced WAN Acceleration builds upon Basic IP Acceleration by adding features such as:
- Accelerate application performance for files, email, Web, SSL, and rich media applications.
- Significantly reduce bandwidth with leading compression, byte caching and object caching technologies which optimizes the performance for specific applications or protocols that perform poorly over high-latency links.
- Protocol Optimization: Accelerates application performance over the WAN by mitigating the penalties that latency imposes on inefficient protocols or applications originally architected for the LAN and running on the WAN.
- Object Caching: Dramatically accelerate web application and workflows that depend on centrally-stored files by delivering remote content locally in the branch.
- Byte Caching: Reduce the effects of latency, and significantly reduce bandwidth consumption, for repetitive data elements, even across disparate applications, transmitted over the WAN.
- Compression: Reduce the effect of latency, and reduce bandwidth consumption for any compressible data transiting the WAN.
- Bandwidth Management: Ensures productivity by prioritizing enterprise-critical data flows over bulk-data or recreational traffic flows.
The result of deploying Advanced IP Acceleration on a link is bandwidth savings (via compression and caching) and increased performance (via application optimizations and caching). This often provides a significantly increased end-user experience, especially on congested or high-latency links.
One of the best examples of a protocol that performs significantly better with Advanced IP Acceleration is Microsoft Windows Networking file transfers (SMB and CIFS traffic), which was developed for high speed, very low latency connections between devices on a local area network (LAN). By implementing Advanced IP Acceleration the network becomes aware of, and makes significant adjustments to, the CIFS protocol, which enhances its performance immensely. Other common protocols such as HTTP (the Web) and FTP also benefit greatly from this service even though they have been designed for higher latency networks.