What is WAAS?

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Jun 16th, 2010
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Dear All,

I would like you to let me know more about the WAAS!!!

I was read document on cisco but i'm not clear about WAAS. Why we need to buy WAAS? WAAShas the same Server right? WAAS has HDD or not?

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rechard_hk Fri, 06/18/2010 - 20:20
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Dear Zach,

Thanks you for your help!!!

Could i ask you some question about WAAS as below:

1- Does WAAS has build in Router right?if yes, when i have new branch office i don't need to buy Cisco router.

2- My HQ use IBM Server and all the branch use IBM server also and do AD from HQ. if possible or not, when i have new branch office i order WAAS at the banch and connection to HQ withAD?

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Marcin Latosiewicz Sat, 06/19/2010 - 02:26
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Ad.1 No WAE is not a router. It has some features of a router but will not perform advanced routing.

It is not required to have a Cisco router in branch office (i.e you can run using an inline card), although scalability might require that you do have to use WCCP from a router especially on HQ/DC side.

Ad.2 Typically you have WAEs in both HQ side and branch offices + one WAE to manage all of them (CM) . Connectivity between WAEs is transparent to end users/servers.



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