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Microsoft, Packeteer Partner On WAN Optimization Appliance

The device, called iShaper, combines Packeteer's optimization technology with Microsoft's Windows Server, Internet Security and Acceleration Server, and System Management Server software.
Microsoft and Packeteer on Monday said they have jointly developed a branch-office, wide-area network appliance that accelerates delivery of applications and provides security and management.

The device, called iShaper, is scheduled for release this quarter and combines Packeteer's optimization technology with Microsoft's Windows Server, Internet Security and Acceleration Server, and System Management Server software. The Microsoft technology will offer a full range of Windows services, including those for file, print, Active Directory, and networking.

In addition, Packeteer is licensing Microsoft protocols for use in Packeteer's full line of WAN appliances. In the fourth quarter, Packeteer is expected to ship a new version of iShaper with additional Microsoft ISA server technology for better firewall protection, virtual private network services, and support for HTTPS to aid in securing Web applications.

In developing iShaper, Microsoft and its partner said they're targeting the need within IT organizations to deliver server and storage resources to branch offices at a reasonable cost. "Packeteer gives customers unique insights into the state of applications and their performance while running in the branch," Rakesh Narasimhan, general manager of enterprise access and security products at Microsoft, said in a statement.

IShaper has the ability to discover and provide performance monitoring for more than 600 applications and protocols. The performance data is used to apply optimization tools for specific applications. In addition, the appliance can apply quality of service rules to ensure delivery of key applications during peak congestion periods. IShaper also has features for managing voice and video traffic.

Pricing for iShaper is expected to start at $11,000 for an appliance with up to 45 Mbps of throughput with 10 Mbps of accelerated traffic.

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