CHARLOTTE, N.C.-David Cooper said he likes that his new WAN accelerator optimizes data at the network level rather than at the application level. In fact, the Silver Peak NX is the only major appliance on the market that works at the network level, said Cooper, VP-information systems, Charlotte Metro CU here.

Other appliances accelerate individual applications. That approach forces users to make sure their applications can support the accelerator every time there's an upgrade to the application, he said.

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