Cisco has deployed its 1,000th customer in the WAN optimization market. Since launching its Wide Area Applications Services (WAAS) solution in September 2006, Cisco has seen broad adoption of its product across multiple industries, helping customers to solve IT challenges such as branch office application performance, remote backup and server consolidation.
Cisco WAAS optimizes the performance of any TCP-based application operating in a wide area network (WAN) environment. This allows IT organizations to consolidate costly distributed servers and storage into centrally managed data centers and to deploy new applications centrally, while still offering LAN-like application performance for remote users.
Cisco WAAS has helped Banner Health, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., speed application performance across 20 hospitals and other medical facilities that offer an array of services including in-patient/outpatient hospital care, home and hospice care, nursing registries, surgery centers, laboratories and rehabilitation centers. Applications benefiting from Cisco WAAS include McKesson application suite for nursing, MTS DELFT for PACS, Cerner radiology, Misis Laboratory Information System, MEDICS pharmacy and Siemens MED Series for medical imaging, Lawson for materials and people management and Kronos for workforce management.
Banner Health selected Cisco WAAS to accelerate the application performance of its PACS, and to minimize WAN bandwidth usage. “Before moving to Cisco WAAS, our bandwidth would spike to 100 percent during the day, but we’ve been able to decrease that to 40 percent,” said Steve Rains, system director, information technology, Banner Health Western Region. “The product’s transparency, which preserves our existing monitoring and security infrastructure, and centralized management with the ability to characterize the traffic according to days, months, traffic type, as well as effective throughput per application, have all been a real plus for us.”