Cisco broadens data center role with new products

Virtual machine software, SAN extensions highlight product splash

The new Cisco 8Gbps SAN switch modules are expected to be available in the fourth quarter. Pricing will be set by Cisco's storage partners, which will be offering the new modules.

The enhancements to Cisco's Wide Area Applications Services (WAAS) appliance include new platforms with blades that feature desktop virtualization capabilities. These models are designed to lower branch office desktop operations costs by reducing bandwidth consumption and improving performance across the WAN by virtualizing desktop applications among remote users.

The new models of WAAS with the virtual blades are called the WAVE 574 and 474. Cisco also unveiled a lower end version -- the WAVE 274 -- for small-to-midsize businesses.

VN-Link and the WAVE appliances are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2009. Cisco says it has not yet determined pricing.

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