WAN optimization need
Posted on 2014-10-28
Here's the scenario: A client has a main office in Holland and they have opened a new office in the US. Right now they have a site-to-site VPN using Cisco ASA 5505 and they've had slowness when it comes to fetching data from servers housed in Holland. Long story short (given the current infrastructure and large archives / server setup in Holland) we need to optimize the WAN traffic. The company has an IT team and I am filling the role of a consultant in their US office to help them have a presence and assistance in the US.
The office in the US currently only has about 3-4 employees so WAN speeds aren't THAT big of deal but they will be important in 2015 once they recruit 6-10 engineers.
We've already started looking into optimizing the actual traffic going over VPN and some ISPs can help with that (We first lowered the encryption of the site-to-site from 256 bits to 128 and that didn't help much, next is looking into other IP-based VPN solutions rather than site-to-site that could be quicker).
At the moment, engineers will use a remote desktop (terminal) connection to a server in Holland so that they can work (I don't have a lot of details yet sorry).
For now I want to know your opinions on the following:
What is a good hardware WAN optimizer? I know a lot of vendors offer them but based on your experience any recommendations?
I am also going to look into using Squid as a web proxy at least for intranet purposes. Has anyone used Squid for RDP use?
Figured I would test the waters, thanks in advance and any feedback is appreciated on this!