Every IT Pro knows that Cisco Systems is the 800 pound gorilla in the networking market and the company offers a plethora of solutions for all types of networking products. When it comes to WAN acceleration, the company offers several different product lines that range from small and home office solutions to the largest of enterprises. With that in mind, it makes the most sense to start with the company’s Wide Area Applications Services (WAAS) Appliances, which are highly configurable and customizable products. Cisco offers 10 different appliances in the group, starting at around $4000 for an entry level device, plus the cost of modules and software, which varies greatly based upon feature set. The devices offer application acceleration as well as support up to 150,000 TCP connections and 2-Gbps optimized WAN throughput.
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