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Cisco Boosts WANs

DALLAS -- Expanding its Data Center 3.0 solution set, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced application delivery network capabilities for disaster recovery, security and regulatory compliance that accelerate data center traffic replication over wide-area networks. The company also detailed Data Center 3.0-related activities scheduled for Storage Networking World in Dallas, Oct. 13-16. Comprising the broadest set of data center networking solutions in the industry, the Cisco Data Center 3.0 architecture provides a framework for reliable, highly secure, responsive and green data centers.

Cisco WAAS (Wide-Area Application Services) helps reduce bandwidth requirements, data replication times, time to recovery, and data loss, while increasing acceptable distance between data centers and aiding regulatory compliance. A new version of Cisco WAAS software now offers a Replication Accelerator mode that optimizes data center replication capabilities for popular storage applications. The added capabilities will help information technology (IT) managers overcome wide-area network bandwidth limitations when remotely replicating data over Internet Protocol (IP) networks between data centers, improving disaster recovery and business continuance. The Cisco WAAS Replication Accelerator mode has been tested and validated for use with EMC SRDF and NetApp SnapMirror applications, and is supported on the Cisco Wide Area Application Engine WAE-7341 and WAE-7371 appliances.

WAAS Replication Accelerator provides data encryption for data at rest and future support for data in motion, as well as protecting data by providing more assured data backups. In addition, recently announced 8-Gbps Fibre Channel modules, as well Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel (CTS-FC) and Storage Media Encryption (SME), provide data-protection capabilities for Cisco's family of storage area network (SAN) solutions. Together, these technologies extend data protection across the Cisco Data Center 3.0 portfolio. Cisco's data center technology innovations contributed to Cisco's being honored recently with the SearchStorage New Technology Award for the Cisco NX-OS SAN operating system, WAAS, and the Cisco Nexus® 1000V distributed virtual software switch.

Cisco Systems Inc.