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Branch IT Consolidation Without Losing Windows Branch Services

Branch IT consolidation is usually interpreted as moving all branch servers to the data center, or at least as many as possibly makes sense. But what about critical branch services that maintain business continuity and performance for branch workers?The flexibility to consolidate without losing Windows branch services is exactly what Cisco and Microsoft set out to do with Windows Server on WAAS. This joint offering puts Windows Server 2008 or 2003 on the Cisco WAN optimization appliance in the branch so IT OpEx and CapEx costs drop but key branch services are preserved.Check out this outstanding product review from Dave Mitchell at IT Pro in UK: Cisco WAAS 4.1 with Windows Server. Verdict: It’s easy to deploy and manage Windows Server on the virtualization layer in the WAAS appliance to run Active Directory DHCP DNS, and print services.

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