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.

"Silver Peak doesn't care if you're using Adobe or Microsoft Word 2010 or if you're using Oracle Database or Microsoft SQL," said Cooper. "All Silver Peak sees is bytes to accelerate."

Application-level acceleration at Charlotte Metro is delivering speeds similar to what network-level acceleration offers, he added.

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