Improve Wget Performance Over Distance with Silver Peak WAN Optimization

Don’t let distance get in the way of Wget user agents and their targeted files. Silver Peak compensates for the increased delay and packet loss of the WAN.  Wget downloads complete faster and require less bandwidth. 

Wget is a popular program for retrieving content from Web servers. While generally effective, Wget struggles on high latency and congested wide area networks (WANs). The large amount of data Wget gathers through Web crawling takes longer to deliver to the client. SSL, which is often used with Wget, operates less efficiently. 

Adding WAN bandwidth cannot solve the problem. TCP performance degrades as delay increases, regardless of bandwidth. Even when distance is nominal, delay may exceed expectations as a result of provider routing practices and peering policies, network congestion, and more. 

Silver Peak tackles these problems, enabling a faster, more predicable Wget experience. Specifically, Silver Peak addresses the following challenges undermining Wget:

  • Bandwidth – Silver Peak’s byte-level deduplication removes redundant Wget data from the WAN. More than 80 percent of Wget data can be typically removed from the WAN. The first time Wget sends data it is fingerprinted and compressed by Silver Peak. Subsequent requests are fulfilled by the local Silver Peak instance. 
  • Latency – Silver Peak mitigates latency enabling Wget to operate more efficiently over distance. TCP Acceleration includes windows scaling, selective acknowledgements, and HighSpeed TCP. CIFS Acceleration includes CIFS read-ahead, CIFS write-behind, and CIFS metadata optimizations. Latency is also reduced through packet coalescing, which re-packages multiple smaller packets into a single larger one, and through Dynamic Path Control, which selects the fastest path to a remote location.
  • Congestion – Silver Peak makes Wget performance more predictable across congested WANs. Lost packets are reconstituted in real-time at the far end of a WAN link, avoiding delays that come with multiple round-trip retransmissions. Out-of-order packets are resequenced, avoiding retransmission and processing delays that occur when packets arrive out-of-order.

Silver Peak protects Wget data in-flight between locations with an Accelerated IPSec virtual private network (VPN) running AES-256, the enterprise standard for data encryption. Data-at-rest in Silver Peak instances is also encrypted with AES. End-to-end encryption is provided by SSL/TLS.

Silver Peak offers the most scalable and cost-effective data acceleration software for connecting data centers, remote offices and the cloud. You can download and deploy it as a free, self-service trial in just 20 minutes or contact us to see how Silver Peak can help your organization.

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  • Avoid or delay expensive WAN bandwidth upgrades by eliminating significant Wget data from the WAN.
  • Shorten Wget downloads over distance by correcting underlying networking problems. Wget downloads are faster, and more Wget traffic is eliminated from the WAN.
  • Protect data in transit with Silver Peak's integrated Accelerated IPSec VPN.


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