Microsoft and Packeteer have collaborated on a joint product strategy to deliver the first comprehensive Windows based branch office IT solution.
Known as Packeteer iShaper, the product set offers a combination of Packeteer's Wide Area Network (WAN) optimisation, prioritisation and virtualization technologies with Microsoft Windows server technologies for branch office file and print, System Management Server (SMS), DNS/DHCP, Internet security and acceleration (ISA) server.
Packeteer country manager, Bede Hackney, said the partnership was all about delivering the next generation of branch office connectivity.
"We see enterprises with a conga line of old infrastructure, appliances and servers, at each of their branch offices," he said. "One of the things we have heard repeatedly is that clients want to avoid having all of these different purpose-built boxes in the branch. With the release of iShaper, we make that a thing of the past.
Hackney said the solution was applicable for any organisation with a branch network. Microsoft Australia director of server and tools, Martin Gregory, said iShaper represented a good way for solution providers, system integrators and OEMs to meet customer demand for optimised branch office infrastructure.
"It adds to the arsenal that both Microsoft's and Packeteer's partners will be able to offer," he said. "There is a strong need among customers to better control corporate information and to simplify the infrastructure and management of the branch office.
"The branch office market globally has been sized as a billion dollar plus opportunity and our combined partners will be well positioned to capture a large share."
The iShaper will be available this quarter through Packeteer distributors, LAN Systems and Express Data. Gregory said there were plans to deliver an updated version of iShaper in Q4 integrating additional ISA server technology.