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Windows Server + WAN Optimization: Customers & Partners Share Thoughts

October 1, 2008 - 2 Comments

Microsoft and Cisco have released the public announcement released the public announcement on their joint branch IT solution, Windows Server on WAAS (WoW). As many readers have seen, this solution combines Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (Server Core branch version) with Cisco WAAS WAN optimization, providing a highly flexible, integrated solution for delivering local + centralized branch IT services.Part of the announcement is a 20 minute video broadcast, which includes testimonials from Microsoft and Cisco execs, leading customers, global system integrator and service provider partners, and an industry analyst/expert. Lots of interesting thoughts and commentary, several based on hands-on experience with WoW….As well, Cisco learned today that one of its lead partners for Windows Server on WAAS — Dimension Data, featured in the broadcast above — has achieved another innovative design win for two dozen+ branches for WoW, as part of an overall branch infrastructure refresh with Cisco routers and unified communications. We are keen to hear your thoughts on this solution — IT value prop, need for WAN optimization or Windows Server 2008 Server Core in branch, etc. Pls share yours…

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  1. It will work with Windows Server 2003 also, so you can leverage your existing licenses and knowledge base.See for more information on this solution.

  2. Will WAAS only work on Windows 2008 platform or will it work on 2003 platform.