Replacing different-capacity WAN accelerators with a standard-sized but software-limited box can cut costs and reduce upgrade woes, Expand Networks has claimed.

The company has deleted its entry-level branch office Accelerator 1800 appliance, replacing it with a software-limited version of its midrange Compass Accelerator, which costs 25 percent less than the entry-level box it replaced.

The ability to offer higher-spec hardware at a lower price is down to two factors – economies of scale, and the ability to limit the device’s bandwidth via software, said Adam Davidson, Expand’s VP Europe. Different software licences allow the diskless Compass Accelerator 4830 and the disk-equipped 4930 to scale from 128kbit/s to 6Mbit/s, he claimed.

Expand said that where the Accelerator 1800 had been



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