Cisco vWAAS License
Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (vWAAS)
Cisco vWAAS License is an innovative new delivery model for WAN optimization within the Cisco’s new data center business advantage architecture. It is one of key components of unified network services and enables customers to deploy multiple services in a consistent management and deployment framework. One of the key services within this framework is WAN optimization. Application performance addressed by WAN optimization services solutions like Cisco’s WAAS is a key concern for customers as they migrate from traditional architecture to cloud services along with availability and security, performance is a top-of-mind concern so to address this, vWAAS is introduced by Cisco which is the virtualized WAAS for WAN optimization and this will be the full reach functionality available on the WAAS appliance hosted on VMware on Cisco’s x86 UCS server. This will provide new flexibility and deployment for customers. It also provides the ability to deploy WAN optimization deep within the data center much closer to the virtual machines and server infrastructure. Moreover, this deployment will be completely interoperable between virtual WAAS instances and traditional WAAS instances like the network appliance but also the module for the integrated services router and the WAAS functionality built directly in IOS in the infrastructure. vWAAS provides 3 key benefits to the customers: first, it brings a rich deployment on demand model so when optimization can be deployed for a new group of users without complicated configuration changes affecting the entire network. Secondly, this provides a very efficient multi-tenant solution as opposed to racking and stacking numbers of network appliances for each group of virtualized community this will enable an integrated virtualized and efficient deployment of WAN optimization with virtual boundaries between customers and different communities of user. And finally, getting WAN optimization virtualized and therefore closer to the server infrastructure, enables WAN optimizations to follow the virtual machines as they migrate across servers within a data center and then even across data centers both on premise and off premise. Cisco license approach to virtualizing WAN optimization is completely unique within the unified networking services framework by providing an integration with the Nexus 1000v to provide a consistent mapping of the services including WAAS to the switching infrastructure within the data center. This consistency across when optimization but also other services it is critical to unlocking the real economic benefits of the cloud migration while at the same time guarantying the customers the same level of performance that they expect.
Benefits and features
- The following platforms are supported for Cisco vWAAS: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) , Cisco UCS E-Series Servers , Cisco UCS E-Series Network Compute Engines (NCEs) , Cisco ISR-4000 Series , Microsoft Azure Cloud
- Various hypervisors are supported for Cisco vWAAS: Cisco ISR-WAAS, Cisco NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS), VMware vSphere ESXi, Microsoft Hyper V, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (RHEL KVM), KVM on CentOS, Microsoft Azure
- Cisco Hybrid License support: both Cisco vWAAS smart license and traditional license is available for licensing
- Cisco PLR license support: Cisco vWAAS PLR license can activate all product instances permanently
vWAAS Smart Licensing
By purchasing vWAAS smart license from Cisco Smart Software Management website and with a Cisco smart account, all product instances will be registered through internet. Also, in offline architecture customers can use vWAAS PLR license to activate all instances permanently.