Ciscoï¿¼s Windows Server on WAAS, whose pricing starts at $10,000, now locally supports Active Directory, Microsoft Print Services, Microsoft Domain Name System Server and Microsoft Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Server. The product is designed to improve WAN performance, which should reduce a companyï¿¼s costs and ease its management functions.
The WAN acceleration market has been growing at a rapid clip as small and medium companies have used communications to increase their corporate reach. Cisco has been a bit behind competitors, such as Riverbed, in delivering needed functionality. The networking giantï¿¼s latest enhancement makes it product line more appealing to companies using Microsoft software, so it should gain some interest from small and medium businesses.
How much interest do you have in WAN acceleration products? How much would you pay for such a product? What do you know about Ciscoï¿¼s products?