Asymmetric deployment refers to a configuration where a device is placed in a single location, usually the data center. With a symmetric configuration, devices are placed at both ends of the WAN, for example at the data center (the central location) and at one or more remote locations. Asymmetric deployment offers the best return on investment and should be the first course of action. Symmetric offers maximum performance for organizations with remote offices.
Traditionally, application acceleration technologies are symmetric or asymmetric, not both. This limited flexibility makes it difficult for organization to realize maximum end-user benefits without increasing the cost and complexity of deploying a given solution.
The F5 BIG-IP® WebAcceleratorTM can support simultaneous asymmetric and symmetric acceleration, providing accelerated performance for all users regardless of location.
F5 products related to Asymmetric and Symmetric Deployments: BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager