Microsoft and Packeteer Announce First Comprehensive Windows-Based Branch Office Solution
Technology and marketing partnership to help customers reduce costs, intelligently accelerate applications and increase remote office productivity.
REDMOND, Wash., and CUPERTINO, CA (rushprnews) May 7, 2007 â€” Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq â€œMSFTâ€) and Packeteer (Nasdaq: PKTR) today announced a joint product strategy to deliver the industryâ€™s first comprehensive, MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ®-based branch office IT solution: the Packeteer iShaperâ„¢.
Building on an existing partnership, the two companies are collaborating on the engineering and marketing of this new â€œBranch Office Boxâ€ to make computing faster, more secure and more cost-effectively managed for employees in branch office locations. The initial release of iShaperâ„¢ will be available later this quarter, with subsequent versions available in the fourth quarter of this year.
The two companies are combining Packeteerâ€™s Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization and its application visibility and prioritization technologies with Microsoft technologies, including Windows ServerÂ®, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, and Systems Management Server (SMS). As a result, customers will be able to intelligently accelerate the delivery and use of applications over the WAN and take advantage of the full range and ease-of-use of Windows services for file, print, Active DirectoryÂ®, networking and more.
Combining WAN optimization, prioritization and visualization technologies in one box with the rich set of native Windows services is a significant milestone in Microsoftâ€™s strategy to deliver branch IT solutions that unify security and management technologies.
â€œThe remote branch office is becoming one of the top network IT initiatives of the decade,â€ said Lucinda Borovick, program director, datacenter networks, IDC. â€œIT organizations want to deliver leading-edge server and storage resources to the distributed enterprise while keeping operational and management costs in line. Unified branch office appliances that include application visibility, security and accelerated delivery of applications will play a major role in meeting the needs of the remote branch.â€
â€œBy deploying Packeteerâ€™s current Windows-based iShared WAFS, its Mobiliti laptop and desktop products, and PacketShaper appliance, we have interoperability with our Windows infrastructure and have been able to more securely and intelligently deliver LAN-like performance and services to all of our offices and remote workers,â€ said Mark Dietrick, CIO of Burt Hill, one of North Americaâ€™s largest architectural firms. â€œThe announcement of a single branch office platform combining Microsoft security technology and Packeteerâ€™s intelligent application optimization is something we look forward to having to further support our multiple office enterprise.â€
Expanded Partnership to Reduce Branch Office Cost and Complexity
Packeteerâ€™s current iShared products combine the acceleration of Packeteer wide area file services (WAFS) and WAN optimization with Microsoft Windows Server and ISA Server technologies for branch office print, authentication and Web caching.
Later this quarter, Packeteer will deliver iShaper, the industryâ€™s first truly comprehensive Windows-based â€œbranch office box.â€ iShaper will allow for the security-enabled, intelligent acceleration of more than 600 applications, without the need to deploy multiple products to separately solve branch office challenges. In addition, Packeteer will be licensing widely deployed Microsoft protocols in order to develop advanced classification and acceleration technologies for its full line of solutions.
In the fourth quarter of 2007, Packeteer plans to deliver the next version of iShaper, integrating additional ISA Server technology for advanced firewall protection, virtual private network services and secure Web (HTTPS) application acceleration capabilities.
â€œIn addition to its leadership in WAFS and WAN optimization solutions, Packeteer gives customers unique insights into the state of applications and their performance while running in the branch,â€ said Rakesh Narasimhan, general manager of Enterprise Access & Security Products at Microsoft. â€œCustomers benefit from having the best application visibility and monitoring tools to manage their widely adopted Windows infrastructure in branch locations.â€
â€œPacketeer is about intelligent application acceleration and Microsoft Windows is the application platform in the enterprise,â€ said Dave CÃ´tÃ©, CEO of Packeteer. â€œBy marrying Microsoftâ€™s server, security and application functionality and Packeteerâ€™s WAN and application intelligence and WAN optimization, we will provide customers with an ideal branch office infrastructure solution.â€
Packeteer is the global leader in WAN Application Delivery. Packeteerâ€™s solutions provide an intelligent, unified and adaptive approach to monitor, shape, and optimize applications, delivering the best user experience for any application to any location. For more information, contact Packeteer at +1 408 873-4400 or visit the companyâ€™s website at http://www.packeteer.com.
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