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1. unnaturally pale esp from sickness, grief, etc.
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WAN

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WAN

WAN

(Wide Area Network) A long-distance communications network that covers a wide geographic area, such as a state or country. The telephone companies and cellular carriers deploy WANs to service large regional areas or the entire nation. Large enterprises have their own private WANs to link remote offices, or they use the Internet for connectivity. Of course, the Internet is the world's largest WAN.

WANs, LANs and MANs
A LAN (local area network) is contained within a building or complex. A MAN (metropolitan area network) generally covers a city or suburb. Following is a bandwidth comparison between major LAN and WAN technologies. See LAN, MAN and personal area network.


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appliances increasingly include WAN path control and local link load balancing
"The Peribit solutions, which have already had a dramatic impact on e-mail performance over the WAN, will allow us to continue our consolidation effort and realize our corporate objective of centralizing services to reduce costs and simplify administration."
Functional outsourcing focuses critical activity that cuts across all aspects of the WAN so that the enterprise can manage the WAN more effectively.
Talari is the original innovator of Failsafe(TM) SD-WANs that deliver both MPLS-class high availability and QoE (Quality of Experience) predictable application performance for both TCP-based apps and real-time apps like VoIP and videoconferencing, whether built on a hybrid MPLS plus Internet WAN fabric, or a WAN comprised of only Internet connections.
Riverbed also highlighted that the SteelConnect and SteelHead WAN optimisation work together to exchange application identification and classification information to ensure an end-to-end application-centric solution across the network and into the cloud.
All of our customers rely on the WAN, and increasingly more on the cloud, to connect their users to applications, said Tobi Sicklesteel, director of sales for AmeriNet.
* The packet was deliberately dropped by a router and/or switch because of WAN congestion.
Talari's THINKING WAN technology has become the most widely used SD-WAN solution because of its ability to easily adapt to the network and demands of the business.
* The market perceives bandwidth is essentially free: This is because the TCP/IP WAN bandwidth already exists for interactive traffic.
Unlike other solutions, where a centralized controller has to be involved in decisions, Talari disseminates knowledge in real-time and shares information across the WAN, allowing decisions to be made anywhere on the network.
The problem is that remote users can't access their files over low bandwidth, high-latency wide area networks (WANs).