Cisco WAVE (Wide Area Virtualization Engine)

We stock Wide Area Virtualization Engine (WAVE) memory for Cisco WAVE appliances which apparently are the only appliances that combine embedded virtualization with complete WAN optimization to host branch office application services. With WAVE, applications can be centralized in one data center as branch-offices achieve a LAN-like speed and performance. With the network virtualization architecture, the WAVE appliances provide a possibility of local hosting with the same hardware while maintaining performance and WAN optimization.

There are four types of Cisco WAVE appliances;

1.    Cisco WAVE-274: This type is suitable for edge deploying at extremely small offices and hosts 2 virtual blades. It holds a WAVE memory of 3 GB DRAM with 250 GB and a Network interface card that has an inline deployment support of two ports.

2.    Cisco WAVE-474: These host up to 2 virtual blades, 3 GB plus 250 GB storage capacity and two port inline cards (NIC support) just like the Cisco WAVE-274 but can be deployed at small branch offices though bigger than where the Cisco WAVE 274 can be deployed.

3.    Cisco WAVE-574: These can be edge deployed in enterprise branch offices and core deployed at small data centers. They host a maximum of six virtual blades and need hold DRAM memory of 3 and 6 GB. Unlike the first two types the WAVE 574 offers an optional RAID support (RAID-1) in addition to optional two and four inline cards.

4.    Cisco WAVE-674: These ones can be edge deployed at large enterprise branch offices and core deployed at medium data centers. They host a maximum of six virtual blades and hold a DRAM WAVE memory of 4 and 6 GB. Their hard disk drive capacity is 600 GB and four optional port inline cards. They also offer RAID support (RAID-5) together with base configurations.

The Cisco WAVE-274 and the Cisco WAVE-474 are on desktop while the Cisco WAVE-574 and Cisco WAVE-674 have 1 and 2 rack units respectively. The Cisco WAVE-274 and the Cisco WAVE-474 have one 10/100/1000 BASE-T network interfaces while the Cisco WAVE-574 and Cisco WAVE-674 provide two 10/100/1000 BASE-T network interfaces. In power consumption comparison, the Cisco WAVE-274 and the Cisco WAVE-474 contain a 240Watts power supply while the Cisco WAVE-574 and Cisco WAVE-674 contain a 400 Watts power supply and a hot-swappable 835 Watts power supply with an optional redundant power supply respectively.

Deploying WAVE Appliances integrated with Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) enables companies or business to achieve the key objectives in Information Technology which include;
    Reducing costs of running businesses: By centralizing all branch office IT resources in once data center greatly reduces the cost of WAN setup and bandwidth hence reducing cost.
    Provide data security: Since the data is centralized, data protection processes are simplified.
    Improved employee productivity: It also enhances user experience of employees for vital business services offered through the WAN connectivity.
    Save time: Minimizes the time that would be required to deliver new IT services to the different branch offices.

Cisco WAVE appliances contain a WAAS Enterprise license and include application optimization features Cisco WAAS has to offer. They include;
    Web based applications like Microsoft SharePoint applications, SAP and Oracle.
    Microsoft Windows file sharing
    UNIX network file services (NFS)
    Microsoft Exchange (MAPI Protocol)

They also have optional Add-on licenses for video delivery through windows media streaming. The WAAS Enterprise license allows the WAVE appliances to take the role of the Cisco WAAS Central Manager.

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