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November 19, 2008

Cisco Answers: Who's Delivering Best-in-Class WAN Optimization Managed Services?

Well, other then Cisco (News - Alert), the company announced eight additional service providers who are delivering powerful new application acceleration and wide area network (WAN) optimization managed services based on the Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) network module of the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR).
WAN optimization has experienced a rapid growth rate and more service providers are now offering it to enterprises of all sizes, helping them to solve information technology (IT) challenges such as branch office application performance, remote backup and server consolidation.
“With our Cisco ISR-based managed service from TELUS (News - Alert), we provide our branch office employees with the same access to and performance experience with IT tools and applications as if they were right at corporate headquarters," said Doug Pettapiece, director of systems for Finning (Canada). "Previously we struggled to provide adequate connectivity to our growing base of branch offices. Now, TELUS seamlessly provides our branch offices with managed unified communication and WAAS services that also help us lower total cost of ownership."
Cisco also announced:
  • Cisco Empowered Branch Managed Services Portfolio Blueprint: A comprehensive service offering blueprint delivered through Cisco's worldwide teams to service creation consultants. The blueprint assists service providers in envisioning their managed services portfolio for the Empowered Branch.
  • Cisco 800 Series ISR Validated Design Implementation Guide: An architectural design for the deployment of the Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Router in a managed services environment. The guide is designed to help providers reduce the time it takes to technically design and build their managed service solutions for the Empowered Branch.
Companies Alestra, AT&T, NTT, Telefônica Brasil, Telstra, TELUS, T-Systems (Deutsche Telekom's business unit) and Verizon (News - Alert) Business built on, during the last six months, their existing WAN infrastructures delivering a service that addresses customer demand for high-performance centralized applications.
“Enterprise customers demand flawless performance and a solid return on their investment from their networking assets," said Richard King, executive director, AT&T (News - Alert) Product Management. "AT&T's application acceleration and optimization services, combined with the Cisco Wide Area Application Services network module of the Cisco Integrated Services Router, work together seamlessly to meet the exacting performance requirements businesses have come to expect from AT&T as their networking provider."
“The Cisco managed WAAS solution provides our customers with superior network optimization that is cost-competitive especially in a high-bandwidth environment," said Yosuke Seki, Vice President, New Service Development, Global Business Division, NTT Communications Corporation. "The Cisco WAAS module for the ISR also enables us to offer a one-box managed CPE service that does not require any change to the customer's network topology. By adding Cisco WAAS to our managed service offerings, we anticipate gaining more traction with our customers."

Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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