In August 2009, InfoWorld invited IT leaders to participate in a survey on WAN optimization and branch office consolidation and virtualization. The survey was fielded via targeted broadcasts to InfoWorld customers, as well as through an invitation on InfoWorld.com. The goal of the survey was to gain insight into organizations’ usage of and plans for WAN optimization solutions and how they relate to server and network infrastructure consolidation. The survey was commissioned by Blue Coat, but the data was gathered and tabulated independently by InfoWorld Research. The following report represents top-line results of that survey.