Cisco has, and continues to be, committed to utilizing its own technology. Whether it’s been routing and switching over the years, or more recently Telepresence and WAN optimization (WAAS), Cisco IT has repeatedly shown organizations how to improve business processes using technologies. I’m sure your company does the same with its products, wherever possible.
With WAN optimization, Cisco is continuing the longtime strategy of leveraging its own technology and skill assets. Cisco IT has deployed WAN Optimization in its data center, we call it Cisco on Cisco: http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ciscoitatwork/data_center/dip_waas_web.html. But that was a year ago, here’s a quick update:
Cisco now has over 70 offices optimized in production with WAN optimization, connected to a primary European data center in Amsterdam, with an additional connection to a US primary data center in Richardson, Texas due next month. An extended rollout was approved last month, which will grow the WAN Optimization deployment to 250+ offices and a total of 8 data centers. And for Cisco WAAS Mobile? We already have 1,500+ unique registered road warriors, thanks to its 5-minute installation and superior LAN-like user experience for a wide range of applications (SSL, CIFS, HTTP, MAPI, Lotus protocol-specific acceleration). Our users are especially happy about its performance in challenging environment such as cellular connections.
Some Cisco rivals mentioned their own 30-site deployment, others may ask: “So how’s WAAS deployment compared to Telepresence?” Consider this: As of early 2008, Cisco IT had nearly 4000 applications running on more than 15,000 physical and virtual servers in its data centers, and implements hundreds of large projects regularly to make its 67,000 employees productive. They cherry-picked only high ROI projects like any other Fortune 500 enterprises and gave no mercy to WAN optimization - it’s just another high impact technology. Therefore, the fact that WAAS has been deployed in production across 70 sites and compared to another elite technology Telepresence means the technology had in fact stood out above the crowd.
Check back soon on Cisco’s next phase of success on WAN optimization.
Feng Meng Product Marketing Data Center Solutions firstname.lastname@example.org