Many administrators can configure CloudBridge by simply setting the parameters on the Quick Installation page, thus performing a complete basic configuration for acceleration and traffic shaping. This is especially true of branch-office installations. However, understanding the theory of operation of your appliance enables you to put it to optimal use, and some users need to look more deeply into how the appliance operates. For example, a simple inline configuration might not be the best fit for your network, or you might want to use features that are not enabled with the Quick Installation alone.
The appliance's fundamental purpose is to accelerate TCP traffic and to eliminate congestion by applying traffic shaping to all WAN traffic. In addition to these functions, the appliance supports several forwarding modes to move network data into and out of the appliance. One of these modes, inline mode, can be configured from the Quick Installation page. The others require configuration of the appliance, your router, or both.
Similarly, the Quick Installation page performs a basic configuration of traffic shaping functions, suitable for installations with a single WAN link. Additional configuration is necessary for multiple links, or if the default definitions for applications, service classes, or traffic shaping policies do not match your needs, in which case you can edit the definitions.
Many acceleration functions operate automatically, without configuration. These include TCP flow control acceleration, compression, Windows filesystem (CIFS) acceleration, Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop acceleration, and Outlook/Exchange (MAPI) acceleration. Other acceleration features require configuration before use, including secure peering, SSL acceleration, and advanced Windows file-system and Outlook/Exchange acceleration that depends on being a member of the Windows domain.