Wow, time flies. When I started blogging at Cisco, 2 years back (here), helping organizations formulate their cloud strategy was top of my mind. I’d ran a customer market research survey, and one of the things we learned that in certain parts of the world, the access bandwidth to the cloud was a significant concern -- in terms of reliability, cost and bandwidth available. From this customer feedback, we concluded that Cisco WAAS -- Wide Area Application Services -- that helps accelerate applications and optimizes bandwidth usage - was a key asset in helping our customers overcome this cloud adoption challenge. And from this feedback, we realised that our Cisco WAAS Planning and Design Services were key to some of our customers adopting cloud.
Now 2 years on, and I’ve seen Cisco WAAS in a new light, at first hand, in a different type of application. Cisco WAAS helped Cisco UK put together the “Network on Wheels” -- a van (the “NOW” van”) filled with networking gear. And as another example of heavy bandwidth use, the Cisco NOW van helped us stream TelePresence live into a camp site (yes a camp site!!!) at the start of a charity cycle event I took part in recently. Cisco WAAS helped optimize the bandwidth of the satellite link, to ensure good end user performance for internet access, as well as supporting the Cisco TelePresence over Satellite.
You can read more about the Cisco “Network On Wheels” here, in my article “The Network on Wheels -- Raising Funds for Paralympic Athletes“.
And if you need help figuring out how best to apply Cisco WAAS, we in Cisco Services offer a comprehensive Planning and Design Service for Cisco WAAS, as part of over overall Plan, Build and Manage lifecycle. Get in touch if you need more information!