Enterprises are striving to maximise their infrastructure as the battle to remain efficient in a changing technology landscape continues.

But this can often be a challenge for IT professionals. One solution that can assist with networking woes is Microsoft's BranchCache, which allows users' PCs to cache files and websites from central servers. Therefore, content is not repeatedly downloaded across the wide area network (WAN).

What is BranchCache and how does it work?

BranchCache is a WAN bandwidth optimisation technology available on Windows 8. It optimises WAN bandwidth when users access content on remote servers, copying data from your main office or hosted cloud content servers and caching it at branch office locations.

The tool improves productivity by cutting content query response times for clients and servers in branch offices. Additionally, by reducing traffic over WAN links, it helps to improve network performance.

Use cases

BranchCache is ideal for enterprises that have two or more physical locations and a WAN connection from the branch to the main office.

It will also benefit firms that have deployed cloud technologies, when a WAN connection is used by workers to access data and applications from remote locations.


Remain secure

BranchCache is incredibly secure. It works seamlessly alongside existing network security architectures: there is no need for extra equipment or complex additional security configuration.

Meanwhile, the tool is non-invasive and does not alter any Windows authentication or authorisation processes. In addition, other configurations continue to function just as they did before the deployment.

Improvements in Windows 8

Windows 8 brings improvements to BranchCache. When used with used with Windows Server 2012, firms can streamline the deployment process, optimise bandwidth over WAN connections and ensure better security and scalability.

It's also important to have the right devices. With Windows 8 hardware made by Dell, employees can do their best work, whether it's from the office or a remote location.