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Wide Area Network

Also called WAN. A network that allows computers to connect to the Internet over an exceptionally large area, such as a metropolitan area, a region or even a country.
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As it runs on standard x86 servers, wide-area network operators will cut capital expenditure to reduce the need for specialized equipment that had previously been required.
Fujitsu looks forward to implementing network-design functions that respond to a wide variety of communications factors using network-virtualization technology, solving wide-area network problems by quickly providing tailored communications environments, and contributing to the development and usage expansion of new services.
A wide-area network may be utilized for a diversity of applications.
Incorporating state-of-the-art technology into a wide-area network can be quite challenging.
Physicians and their patients will benefit if the wide-area network of the health care delivery system connects easily with the Internet and the National Library of Medicine Medline database.
Nearline appliances can be located remotely and connected to primary storage via IP network connections, which are commonly used for metro-based and wide-area networks (WANs).
Also included in the contract are a full complement of managed services to integrate everything from personal digital assistants (PDAs) and secure mobile radios to high availability local- and wide-area networks and enterprise operations centers.
For example, iFCP (Internet Fibre Channel protocol) and FCLP (Fibre Channel over LP) protocols are allowing companies with established Fibre Channel infrastructures to build bridges between their SAN islands using IP wide-area networks. These technologies have become increasingly important in today's environment as companies scramble to put reliable, affordable off-site backup and disaster recovery strategies in place.
While network emulators are useful in making decisions about how to configure local storage area networks, they are essential for pre-testing system performance across wide-area networks, where latency and network effects are multiplied.
And the same standards that make global, ubiquitous computing possible allow organizations to place Internet-standard network servers (computers themselves) with information proprietary to those organizations on corporate local and wide-area networks to make that information available to employees in electronic form-=such as documents for personnel policies and operational instructions and directories of employees, with photographs, graphics, sound and video clips of them.
Nick Allen, Gartner vice president and research director, said, "iSCSI promises to let users operate SAN, NAS, LAN, and wide-area networks as a single, integrated network.
Gigabit Ethernet can extend the SAN infrastructure across Metropolitan-Area Networks (MANs) and Wide-Area Networks (WANs).
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