Wide-Area Network Optimization Controllers (WOCs)
Definition - What does Wide-Area Network Optimization Controllers (WOCs) mean?
They enable application centralization by reducing bandwidth costs and mitigating latency effects through network-level optimization, bandwidth reduction algorithms and various other protocol spoofing and optimization techniques used in the application layer that may compensate and help with lossy links.
Techopedia explains Wide-Area Network Optimization Controllers (WOCs)
Current applications of WOCs are mainly on high-performance Array appliances and for Cloud and virtualized environments in order to accelerate data transfer and to improve performance of business-critical applications across wide area networks.
- Improve application response times
- Reduce the impact of network congestion, packet loss and latency
- Compression of data to reduce data transfer sizes over the network
- Improve TCP performance
- Traffic shaping and SSL for securing, prioritizing and optimizing network traffic