If you can recall the 1970’s (and are old enough to do so), there was a hit song on the radio about a band trying to get “on the cover of the Rolling Stone,” and as rock musicians, how it would be the ultimate sign of industry recognition (they eventually did).
In the networking business, although nobody has yet written a song about it, the equivalent of getting on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine is getting on the cover of Network World, the industry bible for IT managers looking to get the latest news (and in some cases, fact-less blogger gossip) and advice on best practices for their networks.
Well, today the Cisco WAAS team can celebrate, because that’s exactly what they’ve done.
On the cover of the November 21 issue of Rolling Stone, er, Network World, Cisco WAAS was featured in a review by Keith Schultz, “Cisco WAAS Shows Pizzazz.” Since Network World only reviews about two products per month, the fact that WAAS was selected was pretty cool, but to have the product reviewed on the cover is an even greater honor.
And we’re pretty happy with the results, too.
You can read all about it in the article itself, but the highlights include a description about how easy WAAS is to use, and most definitely of note, comments on performance. “The reporting and monitoring engine is top notch and overall, we found the system easy to navigate and use,” writes Schultz. “Most of all, the top-end WAVE-8541 is an absolute speed demon and its ability to handle 150,000 connections and pass 2Gbps optimized traffic over the WAN is impressive.”
Schultz continues by going into detail about the performance testing in his review, commenting how the final outcome “represents some of the best performance we’ve seen based on previous testing of WAN optimization gear.”
Keith also points out that we include integration with Cisco Prime and iNetwork Analysis Module at no additional cost. “We like that Cisco includes Cisco Prime, its Network Analysis Module, as part of Central Manager. Where Central Manager’s reporting is unique to WAAS devices, Cisco Prime will collect network statistics from all across the network, including non-WAAS appliances. This allows IT to get a complete picture of network traffic from end to end and not be limited to WAAS-only information.”
This Network World report is backed by hands-on testing, and provides an independent source of product evaluation that goes beyond analyst or blogger speculation.
Make sure to get your own copy of this week’s Network World – and as the ‘Rolling Stone’ song goes, maybe even “ten copies for my mother!”