Tracking The Optimized WAN: NetQoS Integrates with Cisco WAAS to Deliver End-to-End Application Response Time Reporting for WAN Optimization

The big problem with WAN Optimization and Application Performance Monitoring was that there simply wasn’t a WAN Optimization solution on the market that preserved end-to-end performance data, nor a monitoring solution that would work in an optimized WAN.
This problem has been solved.
At Cisco Networkers in Anaheim, NetQoS gave a presentation to hundreds of attendees to make the announcement that we’ve been working with Cisco to develop a management interface for accurate end-to-end application response time measurement that works on optimized networks. (In addition to the people mobbing our booth, John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, stopped by for a chat and review of what we do.)
Through integrated software on Cisco Wide Area Application Services devices (WAAS), TCP header information is exported to NetQoS SuperAgent (an end-to-end application performance monitoring module) before optimization occurs – preserving that information. Finally, IT organizations can accurately validate the results of WAN Optimization deployments.

Dr. Cathy Fulton, CTO at NetQoS said that this was a significant advancement in the WAN Optimization space because response time data is essential to ensuring WAN optimization deployments are fully optimizing application performance for the end-user – and no other WAN optimization solution offers this:

“Current WAN optimization technologies obscure application response times through locally acknowledged TCP sessions, making it difficult to quantify the real benefits of a WAN optimization deployment,” Dr. Fulton said. “Organizations need visibility into the amount of congestion on each link, what applications are running over the link, and end-user response times to quantify ‘normal’ latency in the application, server, and network components. Only then can organizations make informed decisions about which WAN optimization technologies to deploy and understand how those technologies are working.”

In addition, to measure Cisco WAAS traffic flow improvements, we also have NetQoS ReporterAnalyzer – our Cisco IOS NetFlow-based traffic analysis module of the NetQoS Performance Center.
Using these NetQoS Performance Center modules with Cisco WAAS helps IT organizations validate the results of WAN optimization deployments, helps to identify and prioritize the network segments and applications that benefit from a WAN optimization deployment, provides before-and-after measurements for pilot testing of optimizations, helps determine the impact optimization has one application performance and data volume across WAN segments and in the data center, helps calculate the return on investment of WAN optimization deployments, and perhaps most importantly, helps to troubleshoot problems with WAN Optimization during and after the rollout so that IT departments can solve problems faster.
Often, NetQoS and Cisco’s mutual customers wanted accurate end-to-end metrics to ensure optimal application performance and end-user productivity. Cisco had one half of the solution – WAN Optimization – we had the other half, network monitoring. Integrating WAN Optimization and performance reporting metrics was a natural next step.
For example, SRA International, Inc. is a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions – including systems design, development and integration; and outsourcing and managed services – to clients in national security, civil government, and health care and public health – and they’re a Cisco WAAS customer with 45 sites deployed. Frank Kist, the acting CIO of SRA International said that they “are looking forward to the new application performance management integration features in this new software release.”

“The management interface from Cisco and NetQoS will allow us to accurately measure end-to-end application response time and WAN utilization,” Kist said. “With this additional analysis, we can report precisely the performance, productivity and ROI benefits delivered by Cisco WAAS.”

From here on out, in addition to our technology integration, NetQoS and Cisco are going to engage in joint marketing, sales, and support activities, helping customers to understand how to calculate WAN Optimization accurately.
As for when it will be released and how much it will cost, the integrated response time solution with SuperAgent will be available in the next release of Cisco WAAS. That release is scheduled for 3Q 2007. NetFlow reporting with ReporterAnalyzer is available today with no changes required to Cisco WAAS or NetQoS Reporter Analyzer. There will be no additional charge for the integrated NetQoS SuperAgent software that operates on the Cisco WAAS Wide Area Application Engine (WAE) and Wide Area Application Engine Network Module (NME-WAE) devices. Pricing for NetQoS SuperAgent starts at $40,000 and ReporterAnalyzer starts at $25,000 – the NetQoS Performance Center is available to customers at no additional cost with the purchase of one of NetQoS’ product modules.
If you have any questions about this topic, please feel free to leave a comment in our comments section, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions as quickly as we can.
More Information:
Press Release
- NetQoS Integrates with Cisco WAAS to Deliver End-to-End Application Response Time Reporting for WAN Optimization
Demo Request Page & Cisco WAAS Overview
- Measure the Impact of Cisco WAAS on Network and Application Performance with NetQoS
- Kubernan Reports on Management and Network Optimization
- Evaluating WAN Optimization Options and Quantifying the Results
Previous Coverage
- WAN Optimization’s Dirty Little Secret
- WAAS Up with Cisco’s WAN Optimization Initiative?
Whiteboard Series
- Whiteboard Series: The impact of WAN Optimization on NetFlow/IPFIX measurements
- Whiteboard Series: The impact of WAN Optimization on TCP Applications
Outside Coverage
- [CNN Money] Cisco Unveils Plans to Transform the Data Center

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