BranchCache: Next Generation Branch Office Optimizations

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Monday, September 14, 2009
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With the IT management trend towards data centralization in a data center, more users are connecting to their data through a thin, expensive WAN link from a branch office. To help decrease WAN usage, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 introduce BranchCache™ to enable access to data from within the branch when available – either from other clients that have already downloaded the data, or from a centrally provisioned server in the branch office. BranchCache by virtue of being an end to end solution can even optimize SSL, IPsec and SMB signing. This presentation will give an overview of the BranchCache architecture and describe how the SMB and HTTP protocol implementations have been extended to make use of this functionality.