In general, Enterprises have their branch offices in different parts of the World and obviously depend on their network for communication, such as accessing information through email, file service, intranet and other portals, etc. The connecting nerve of the different business centers in an organization is the WAN. Hence, any delay or dormancy of the WAN link between the data center and the remote users would heavily hit business productivity. It is therefore very critical to ensure application availability at all times with minimum overhead in terms of cost.
Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) is an approach that allows consolidating of infrastructure in the data center while providing application acceleration and WAN optimization capabilities, thereby optimizing your network performance over WAN. It can simply be defined as the secure, scalable, and simple central management framework that allows you easily manage a consolidated infrastructure.
Cisco WAAS is a compact, cost-efficient technology from Cisco that accelerates applications, optimizes bandwidth and ensures performances on par with LAN and WAN.
The Cisco WAAS Central Manager is a scalable, secure, and simple function that manages the Cisco WAAS. It provides a centralized mechanism for configuring features, reporting, and monitoring. It can manage a topology containing thousands of Cisco WAAS nodes. The 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 IT30 with the Traffic module 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: