• Lower-quality network connection than the corporate WAN: Instead of dedicated branch-to-corporate-WAN leased lines, mobile users are using public Internet connections such as DSL, Wi-Fi, satellite, dial-up, cable, and cellular. These connections have less bandwidth, higher packet loss and latency, and additional challenges such as time-slicing delay in cellular environments.
• Shared computing resources on PC or laptop: in contrast to branch-office users, who can rely on a dedicated branch device to provide application acceleration, mobile users have to share laptop or PC computing resources and the TCP software stack with many other PC applications.
• Support cost and manageability concerns: The open environment of a Microsoft Windows PC, in contrast to the controlled environment of an appliance, has a very different class of stability and interoperability requirements, with numerous applications running on the PC: a variety of operating systems, browser versions, endpoint security applications, and VPN client software and a wide range of business applications.
Features and Benefits
Industry-Leading Acceleration Performance Under the Most Challenging Networking Conditions
Figure 1. Industry-Leading Application Throughput Improvement
Mobile Cellular: 560-Kbps Downlink and 200-Kbps Uplink with Variable Packet Loss
Figure 2. Industry-Leading File Download Performance (First Download)
3G network: 788-Kbps WAN uplink and Downlink, 200-ms Round-trip Delay with 2% packet loss
• Advanced data transfer compression: Cisco WAAS Mobile maintains a persistent and bidirectional history of data on both the mobile PC and the Cisco WAAS Mobile server. This history can be used in current and future transfers, across different VPN sessions and even after a reboot to reduce bandwidth consumption and improve performance. In addition, instead of using a single algorithm for all file types, Cisco WAAS Mobile uses file-format-specific compression techniques to provide better compression than generic compression for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Adobe Shockwave Flash (SWF); Zip files; and JPEG, GIF, and PNG files.
• Application-specific acceleration: Cisco WAAS Mobile reduces application-specific latency for a broad range of applications, including:
– Microsoft Exchange, with Microsoft Outlook Messaging API (MAPI) Protocol Acceleration
– IBM Lotus Notes
– Microsoft Windows file server and network-attached server Common Internet File System (CIFS) acceleration
– Web-based applications, with HTTP acceleration, supporting enterprise intranet and Internet applications
– Secured web-based applications, with HTTPS acceleration, supporting secure intranet applications without compromising security
– Transport optimization: Cisco WAAS Mobile extends Cisco WAAS technologies to handle the timing variations found in packet-switched wireless networks, the significant bandwidth-latency problems of broadband satellite links, and noisy Wi-Fi and DSL connections. The result is significantly higher link resiliency.
Small PC Footprint
• Administrator toolkit to customize client deployment packages for self-installation and integration with standard software distribution systems
• Centralized client policy management by application type and version
• Centralized patch management for zero-touch updates
• Automated detection of incompatabilities with installed software and agents on the PC or laptop
• User-accessible diagnostics and one-click detailed problem reports for troubleshooting
• Centralized real-time session management and monitoring
Ease of Deployment
• Remote client configuration and installation: The Cisco WAAS Mobile client configuration is established by the system administrator, and the client software image can be loaded directly to remote devices using standard software distribution products including Microsoft, LANDesk, Altiris, and BigFix system management programs. The software client can also become part of the standard enterprise desktop image.
• End-user self-installation: Although the Cisco WAAS Mobile client software can be installed and configured by the end user, standard enterprise configurations can be used to help ensure that the client software is operational without any user interaction.
• No reconfiguration of applications: Cisco WAAS Mobile redirects data transparently to help ensure that no configuration changes are required for any application.
• No requirement to open incoming ports on client firewall or other local security software: Existing desktop security is fully preserved.
• Autodetection of high-speed networks: Autodetection allows users to automatically transition to the office network.
• ·No changes are required to the application or file servers.
• No changes are required in network resources such as routers, switches, and WAN accelerators.
• No changes to IP network topologies are required because the traffic is directed to the Cisco WAAS Mobile server through the client software.
• In the event of a server failure, the only effect is loss of optimization, not loss of connectivity.
• Cisco WAAS Mobile is fully compatible with standard load-balancing solutions such as the Cisco ACE Application Control Engine for high-availability configurations.
• Cisco WAAS Mobile can be deployed with or without a Cisco Wide Area Application Engine (WAE) device, which provides branch-office user acceleration, enabling flexible deployment in enterprise environments:
– Acceleration of mobile and home-office users only: Cisco WAAS Mobile only
– Acceleration of mobile and branch-office users: Cisco WAAS Mobile and Cisco WAE
Figure 3. Cisco WAAS Mobile Extends Cisco WAAS Deployment
Application Acceleration for Public Cloud-Based Services
• Mobile laptop users
– Mobile laptop users typically access applications hosted in public clouds using VPN connections over the public Internet from a home office, cafe, or hotel.
– Customers can deploy Cisco WAAS Mobile software in public clouds such as Amazon EC2 and on end-user's laptops to accelerate access to applications hosted on these public clouds. Customers can deploy Cisco WAAS Mobile software like other enterprise applications to a virtual machine (or Amazon Machine Image) in the cloud.
– With Cisco WAAS Mobile Software, customers do not require any special access to the cloud provider's data center to configure traffic redirection. This feature is useful since customers often do not have access to the networking environment within the cloud provider's data center.
• Branch-office users
– Most enterprise branch offices connect to public cloud-based services such as Salesforce.com or Microsoft SharePoint using the enterprise WAN, back-hauled through the data center.
– Software as a Service (SaaS) services typically are encrypted and accessed through HTTPS to help ensure security while users are accessing applications that are publicly hosted.
– Cisco WAAS introduces new capabilities to configure and deploy Cisco WAAS for optimizing SaaS services of all sizes, including services such as Salesforce.com and WebEx.com, which use a large number of hosts to provide the service. IT administrators can easily deploy Cisco WAAS optimizations by using the domain names (for example, *.webex.com) to specify sites for SaaS optimizations.
Cisco WAAS Mobile System Requirements
Table 1. Client System Requirements
Client System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 2000 or later
Microsoft Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7
System memory (RAM)
Disk space available
Table 2. Minimum Server System Requirements*
Table 3. Ordering Information
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