Lab test: Packeteer iShaper is the new king of CIFS
Packeteer's combination WAN accelerator and traffic shaper is second to none in speed of CIFS transfers, and among the leaders in overall performance; however, the benefits of shared byte-level caching await the next release
Admins can create a wide range of reports, and iShaper can even export to NetFlow for further analysis. I kept referring back to the Host Analysis report, a real-time graph that showed each host on my WAN and each TCP traffic flow. It was invaluable for identifying my “top talkers” and creating QoS policies. Another fun graph is the Network Performance Summary; those of us who like squiggly lines will refer to this report to see how our WAN is behaving.
Packeteer's iShaper is at its best optimizing CIFS traffic and shaping traffic on the WAN. Its overall optimization and acceleration is right there with the best of them; its CIFS performance is the best I've tested. Reporting too is top notch, and the single point of administration makes it easy to manage the appliance. The WDC library will get a huge boost in the next release when it makes data cached from one traffic type available to all others, providing better overall data reduction.