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Optimized Guide to Cisco at #CitrixSynergy

If you’re headed to CitrixSynergy this week, what do you hope to learn? You already know the big themes in technology these days – bring-your-own-device (BYOD), desktop virtualization, and cloud. What Cisco brings to Synergy are some great talks and demos that will help IT folks turn their VirtuBYODCloud initiatives into investments that will help them deliver flexible, efficient, and secure services to their users.  You can also look at CitrixSynergy’s Tips For First-Timers which seems pretty good.

Cisco and Citrix have what some would call a special relationship.  At Cisco’s booth [#202 in Moscone West] we’ll have quite a few great lightening talks showcasing how Cisco and Citrix technologies work together – from Optimizing Citrix HDX with Cisco WAAS to Secure Mobility for BYOD without Compromise.  Here is the full theater talk schedule:

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Insiders Guide to Optimization at Interop

This weekend my little sis and I re-watched Best in Show. This 2000 gem from Christopher Guest is a gentle mocumentary of the personalities you’d find at a dog show. We got some laughs as we watched the dialog between the commentators – one who was supposed to be quite knowledgeable on dogs, and one who was clueless and said things like:

Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team? 

I especially liked the above because it is pretty random and the response from the other commentator was great. I thought about it this morning since the NFL draft is tonight (go Niners!) and was thinking about Best In Show overall since we have our own competition coming up in a few weeks.

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How One Service Provider Overcame 5 Constraints and Helped Their Customers Succeed

International IT services provider Sycor was redesigning the networks for one customer who had 4500 employees spread across 80 branches in addition to a headquarters and many telecommuting and mobile workers.  One issue they were addressing was that this customer was having problems with one of their web-based applications. This specific app was used by just one person at each branch, but was important to the customer’s business. So Sycor engineers tuned both the app’s website as well as the central database with which it communicated.

The solution they were considering was a dedicated data terminal at each branch to work separately but in parallel with the existing network deployments.  And then the customer started having problems with more applications at more branches. Something had to be done.

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Toyota Tsusho Deploys Cisco Virtual WAAS to Enhance Performance

February 24, 2012 at 11:41 am PST
vWAAS Bandwidth Reduction Chart

A key WAN optimization benefit is the mitigation on bandwidth consumption during the huge traffic burst on Mondays, when employees arrive at work and email attachments come to their mailboxes. This chart shows actual bandwidth consumption well below what applications would have required.

A few weeks back I highlighted a report from VCE about our virtual WAAS (vWAAS) WAN optimization solution running on the Vblock platform. Now comes a new case study of a vWAAS deployment at Georgetown, Kentucky-based Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. (TAI). For the Georgetown data center, TAI decided on vWAAS rather than WAAS appliances. The detailed case study is a compelling argument for virtualizing WAN optimization for improved high-availability and more streamlined operations.

“We were an early adopter of vWAAS,” says Chris Jones, TAI Manager of Infrastructure and Operations, “and we perceived value in placing WAN optimization close to the data rather than near the WAN edge. In particular, we felt we could have lower-cost high availability (HA) for WAN optimization by leveraging the Vblock HA. And we perceived operational simplicity in the event of failure, compared with replacing a physical appliance and rebuilding the cache.” Read More »

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The No Brainer Speed Demon of Networking

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If you got the Thanksgiving week copy of Network World, you’d have seen a feature article on the testing they did on the newest Cisco Wide Area Application Services, or WAAS for short. The Clear Choice test looked at the speed and scalability of the industry’s most scalable WAN Optimization appliance – the WAAS 8541.

Below, we provide an overview of the article, list the highlights of some great testing, and show a fun video that goes through the case for WAN optimization.

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