Cisco’s placement was evaluated on both completeness of vision and the ability to execute in the “Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers (WOC)” authored by Severine Real, Andy Rolfe, and Joe Skorupa and published in December, 2010.
In addition to our position in the 2010 Gartner MQ Report, Cisco introduced WAAS 4.3 software in December 2010, which provides a rich and comprehensive portfolio of innovations such as virtual WAAS (vWAAS), WAAS central management for the WAAS Express, and improved optimizations for Cloud (SaaS) applications like Microsoft Office 365. These most recent innovations and significant customer wins in the recent quarters showcase Cisco WAAS market leadership.
Gartner Magic Quadrants
The Gartner Magic Quadrant has four categories (Quadrants) – Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries, and Niche Players and positions vendors in the respective quadrant based on the companies vision and execution ability on that vision.
Based on the report, “Leaders” in this space exhibit the ability to shape the market by introducing additional capabilities in their product offerings. “Leaders” in the WOC (WAN Optimization Controller) market need to have a broad set of features, which include QoS, generic compression, protocol acceleration, and file system acceleration. Gartner expects the “Leader” to grow the market as a whole and to offer sales and support on a global basis for the increasing number of enterprises.
“Challengers” in this market “is a follower from a product or innovation perspective, but has demonstrated the ability to take its products into the market and to show their relevance to a wide audience. Challengers may have less-complete feature sets than Leaders, or they may have new products that are as yet unproven in substantial real-world implementations.”
Cisco WAAS Innovations (WAAS 4.3 Release)
Cisco WAAS 4.3 includes these innovations to meet the growing need of global Enterprises:
1. Cisco Virtual WAAS (vWAAS)
Cisco vWAAS is the industry’s first cloud-ready WAN optimization product that can be deployed in an elastic, multi-tenant, and on-demand manner. Cisco vWAAS enables the transition to public and private clouds and is a key proof point in the Cisco Unified Network Services (UNS) pillar, a central part of the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage architecture.
2. Cisco WAAS Express
Cisco WAAS Express extends the WAAS portfolio by offering a cost-effective IOS-based Cisco WAN optimization in the next generation Integrated Service Router – ISR G2 routers. Cisco WAAS Express is managed as a common instance with the WAAS Central Manager.
3. Enhanced optimizations for Cloud (SaaS) and HTTPS applications
Improved optimization for secure-web applications helps reduce response times, and WAN bandwidth consumption. Customers migrating to cloud-delivered applications such as Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce.com can now have better user experience for their remote office users.
4. Extending Application Performance Monitoring in WAAS Central Manager
Customers and partners can now quickly view the before and after benefits of WAAS and do capacity planning through application and site specific reports.
To see Cisco WAAS in the 2010 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers, please go to: www.cisco.com/go/waas under “Analyst Commentary.”