This chapter from Deploying Cisco Wide Area Application Services provides an in-depth review of the network integration and interception capabilities of Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS). The chapter begins by describing the options for basic connectivity, including link aggregation and NIC teaming. This is followed by a discussion of the interception methods available for redirecting traffic to a WAAS device for optimization. The techniques and methods discussed in this chapter form the foundation of the design and deployment solutions presented in subsequent chapters of this book.
About this book:
Distributing IT resources increases management, hardware, and software overhead, but centralizing IT can worsen application performance. Cisco application acceleration and WAN optimization technologies permit IT to safely centralize distributed IT resources, meeting user performance expectations without replacing existing network infrastructure.
Deploying Cisco Wide Area Application Services is the first comprehensive guide to designing and deploying solutions with these Cisco technologies. Zach Seils and Joel Christner show how to deploy Cisco WAAS in a scalable, transparent, and seamless fashion that responds to both your business and technical challenges. Writing for network design and implementation engineers and other networking professionals, they cover the entire planning and configuration process. Drawing on their extensive experience implementing WAAS in the enterprise, they also offer real-world implementation examples and case studies–including full chapters on network, branch office, and data center integration.
(Excerpted from Deploying Cisco Wide Area Application Services by Zach Seils and Joel Christner (ISBN: 1587054949).)
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