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Cisco WAAS: Setting the Record Straight

September 21, 2012 - 2 Comments

There has been recent speculation on Cisco’s WAAS business, but let’s set the record straight: to paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of WAAS’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. Cisco is fully committed to the WAAS business.  We have made some changes in our go-to-market approach, but our engineering teams remain fully engaged and working against our long term roadmap to drive application awareness into the network. To better leverage the capabilities of the teams, Cisco integrated the WAAS teams directly into our access router group, which now allows us to leverage a large set of developers and to focus on our Cloud Intelligent Network architecture, Cloud Connect Solutions and the L4-7 technologies which support the cloud transition.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue to say it again: Cisco WAAS is the most powerful WAN optimization system in the market today. You can be assured that Cisco is committed to WAAS for the long-term, and we remain fully engaged and working against our long term WAAS roadmap to drive application awareness into the network

Recent comments from our customers speak volumes about how Cisco WAAS has been able to help their businesses:

According to Tom Bres, CIO, Sparrow Hospital and Health System, “We knew we would need robust, high-speed connectivity across the WAN, not only for EMRs and images, but for the numerous other applications and web-based services we use. WAN acceleration and optimization with WAAS was the solution, and it has worked great for us from the day we brought it online.”

WAAS helped enable Sparrow to get 90% of their physicians meeting meaningful use requirements in a matter of months, which is pretty impressive when compared with the 11% of physicians overall meeting the requirements in 2011.

Rob Raffaele, Enterprise Infrastructure Architect, American Water, also is singing WAAS’ praises: “Where WAAS is installed, the network’s effective capacity is running two to two-and-a-half times what it was before WAAS.”

American Water deployed Cisco WAAS to double its WAN capacity, and WAAS did exactly that. Empowered with the optimized WAN, the firm will now take on an even more ambitious business transformation: deploying new ERP and CRM applications from SAP.

As we build out the Cloud Intelligent Network architecture and enhance application awareness in the network, WAAS will continue as a fundamental component of our strategy.  As the most powerful WAN optimization system in the market today, Cisco WAAS is here to stay

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  1. Definitely WAAS is here not only to stay but to remain in the cloud Intelligent Network evolution…thanks for this article, regards from PR…