Cisco WAAS vs Riverbed Steelhead

Posted on 2009-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am wondering if anyone out there has exerience with either of the above-listed appliances.
I want to know the difference between how the two vendors perform Application optimisation (besides all the marketing stuff).
 Or are they just two companies doing the same thing. Or is there a distinction between their processes?
Question by:olaolusijuwola

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    I have 4 waas appliances for testing (borrowed from cisco). I did some tests and it can help with some traffic. I tested pure tcp optimization and enterpise license for application accelerating. For some kind of traffic it helps (cifs, network backup, AD (tens-hundreds of percent boost), but some traffic experience problems (sql). Also you must have waas model fast enough for your connection - for example NME waas module slowdowns some traffic on 20 mbit connection ... You must choose model fast enough for your bandwith.
    Waas can be good choice for some type of traffic, but you should think about price for it - I think its very expensive (as lots products from cisco :(  ) ....

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    Thanks Vydra. Any idea about using the cisco waas on VSAT links? In this part of the world, most branch offices connect to their data centers via VSAT links and some of the branches have bandwidths of 128kbps, 256kbps, 512kbps etc. Hardly would you find any branch with huge pipes of 2Mbps, let alone 20Mbps. So do you think Cisco waas or Riverbed will work in these instances?

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    I think on vsat you can have big advantage while using waas. There are usually no high bandwith connections and also latencies are high. Waas highly optimizes tcp data, so I think there it can help. Also there is mechanism for caching data on devices (everything transparent for users) and it very helps on high latency links.

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