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Network WAN optimization products or increase the bandwidth

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I have two sites connected via data IP VPN  and traffic distribution among two connections . I had a look on the internet and find lot of products relating to optimization (some are hardware and software ). What is the best one to go with my case . Communication only one direction except internet and email . branch and hard office with 25  users connecting to the head office  . other option is increasing the band width . but this option is not possible due to their current situation .
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Cisco has a solution:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/contnetw/ps5680/ps6870/solution_overview_c22-556304.html

As well as Riverbed:
http://www.riverbed.com/us/

I've used neither, but we have looked at and are considering the Riverbed, and they will even let you evaluate it first.
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Blue Coat  vs riverbed two differant requirement  ?
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Have a look at these 2 blogs for info and comparisons.
http://blog.riverbed.com/2009/09/10-key-questions-for-blue-coat.html
http://blog.riverbed.com/2009/01/riverbeds-universal-data-store.html

Also, here is a product brief specific to Exchange performance improvements.
http://www.riverbed.com/us/assets/media/documents/briefs/PerformanceBrief-Riverbed-MSExchange.pdf

The other really cool thing about the Riverbed is that you can run VM's on the appliance, as well.  And the Steelhead appliance comes in 2 flavors. (Virtual or Hardware)
http://www.riverbed.com/us/products/steelhead_appliance/rsp.php

Personally, we felt the Riverbed was the right choice for us, but I would recommend you demo each, to determine which benefits you most in your environment.  The Riverbed seems to be a more all-inclusive solution, where Blue Coat seems to have multiple pieces or be more application specific. (but honestly I'm not all that familiar with Blue Coat)

One last thing to note is Gartner's Magic Quadrant.  It speaks for itself.
Magic Quadrant
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