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Optimizing Citrix® XenDesktop® for High Performance by Craig Thomas Ellrod

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WAN Optimization Controllers

The real benefit in performance from datacenter to client comes in the WAN Optimization Controller (WOC). A WOC is an appliance that employs a collection of technologies to increase data transfer performance across a WAN. A WAN is any network that data has to cross to get from the datacenter to the end user or client. The most common WANs that you will run into are the Internet (public) and leased lines (private). The physical infrastructure that makes up these networks is a long list of optical dark fibers (underground) and copper (above ground). In some remote locations you might find DSL, cable, or even satellite. One thing is for sure, the connection from your datacenter to the client and everything in between ...

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