Cloud computing results in lower costs for infrastructure, accelerated development and deployment, and more scalable solutions through adoption of a scalable multi-tenant solution. But the benefits of adopting a cloud solution are largely dependent on the performance of your WAN and LAN. This increase in traffic is caused by an increase in the number of remote users in branch offices, the number of applications that traverse a WAN link, and an increase in WAN hops overall. The increased utilization of SaaS Cloud applications such as Webex and Salesforce.com has spawned a significant increase in the need for optimizing enterprise WANs. Enterprises adopting cloud computing find it useful to deploy WAN Optimization solutions like Cisco WAAS to improve performance WAN performance.
It is estimated that, sixty percent of SaaS applications are accessed from the SaaS hosting center and then backhauled through the corporate data center branch offices, traditional problems of WAN latency, packet loss, and bandwidth limitations for centralized application delivery can be magnified when deploying SaaS based cloud applications. The challenges enterprises face when deploying SaaS in a cloud environment include:
• Performance: Application response times for branch-office and mobile users
• Security: End-to-end application security for optimized traffic
• Availability: Disaster recovery and survivability in the event of an outage or data loss
It is because of these enterprise challenges that WAN Optimization technologies such as Cisco WAAS are of increasing importance in SaaS cloud environments.
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Cisco had a formidable presence at the recent RSA tradeshow in San Francisco, CA, one of the most significant industry events for security professionals. Cisco strengthened its commitment to delivering “security without borders” by announcing several elements including Cisco’s security strategy and vision for borderless networks, a major announcement for Cisco secure mobility, a new solution that redefines endpoint security and the VPN experience, and enhancements to the identity and policy portfolio, including expansion of the TrustSec solution.
In support of today’s announcement introducing the CRS-3, I had the opportunity to sit down with Keith Cambron, CEO of AT&T Labs at their Floram Park, NJ facility. During our conversation Keith commented directly on the changing market dynamics and traffic patterns and also on the significance of today’s news announcing the CRS-3 and AT&T’s successful 100Gbps field trial using the CRS-3 as a foundational platform. Click the image below to view the video in its entirety.