Cisco WAAS is specially designed to optimize your network performance over WAN and infrastructure consolidation in WAN environments. Enterprises that have their branch offices in different parts of the World largely depend on their network for communication. Accessing information through WAN like mail, file service, intranet and other portals has become very common in large Enterprises. The WAN is the connecting nerve of the different business centers in the organization. Any delay or latency of the WAN link between the data center and the users working from remote locations would heavily hit business productivity. It is therefore very critical to ensure application availability at all times with minimum overhead in terms of cost.
A solution to this problem is Cisco WAAS which is a compact, cost-efficient technology from Cisco that accelerates applications, optimizes bandwidth and ensures performances on par with LAN on WAN. As a network Administrator, WAAS would help you attain the following benefits:
The WAAS Central Manager GUI allows you to centrally configure, manage and monitor a WAE or a group of WAEs that are registered with the WAAS Central Manager. It has all the information regarding compression ratios. The Central Manager can be accessed using a web browser. It is possible to view these compression reports from anywhere in the World.
ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer provides support for Cisco WAAS and generates easy-to-understand reports on Cisco WAAS. They help you in knowing the effectiveness of WAAS implementation in your network.
Cisco WAAS reports in NetFlow Analyzer consist of the following:
The group names are listed with information regarding bandwidth reduction in percentage, the current online/offline status and a brief description. This gives a complete view of the current devices with vital statistics to ensure effective implementation of WAAS.
This section displays graphically the top 10 WAEs and it gives reduction percentage, compressed traffic, WAN traffic and LAN traffic in one glance. These help in quick understanding the current state of WAEs in the shortest time possible.
All the WAE devices are listed in this section with their corresponding IP address, status, location and MAC address.
Further, the devices can be further drilled down to get some vital statistics like the following:
NetFlow Analyzer is a NetFlow, sFlow, JFLow (and more) collector and analyzing engine integrated together. NetFlow Analyzer does not require any hardware probes and can be downloaded, used in your network environment and can be evaluated for 30 days. Go through the following useful links for better understanding of how NetFlow Analyzer can help you in understanding your network traffic and bandwidth utilization.