WAN acceleration with Blue Coat v.s. Riverbed
Posted on 2012-04-11
We have an environment as such that we have 5 branch offices that connect via MPLS to each other and corporate. All internet traffic comes through corporate. Each site has a local file server, domain and exchange server. We are looking to improve on Internet caching, sharepoint will be HUGE and file shares, etc. We have tested BlueCoat and I'm wondering if we have to pilot Riverbed as well or if somebody can tell me the difference in technology used and pros/cons of either. I hear BlueCoat used Object Caching which is supposed to be better for Sharepoint and internet, Rivebed for CIFS, but which would be optimal for our environment without waiting another 2 months to pilot as we really need to get something in last week.
Can anyone shed some light on the technology differences and where each excels or lags?
Even if we did pilot I would like to understand the differences and know others are using both vendors products and would like to get some feedback from those who already use it.