Cisco’s WAAS Appeal: Increases Bandwidth 5x, # of User 3x

October 05, 2011: Cisco is refreshing its Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) appliances for WAN applications. The company says the number of Internet-based applications is expected to reach 1 million this decade, and it wants to help customers scale the delivery of rising volumes of applications and video traffic across networks to any user and device. The new solutions will “substantially” improve application performance and user experience by providing up to five times the bandwidth and supporting up to three times the users, compared to the previous generation, as well as reduce the hardware required by 66%.

There are fundamental changes reshaping the network infrastructure, says Cisco. Seventy-nine percent of organizations have adopted software as a service (SaaS); 66% have adopted video; 90% will adopt a bring-your-own device (BYOD) model by 2014; and 25 billion devices and 7.2 billion people will be connected to the Internet by 2015. As such, WAN optimization will become even more important.

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Author: Steve Wexler

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