Last summer (2008) Cisco and Microsoft started a website on which they present a series of on-line and live events to promote Windows Server on WAAS. http://windowsserveronwaas.com a dedicated site for the windowsserver and Cisco combination.
What is it,and how does it work?
Windowsserver on WAAS is a solution for (remote) branch offices and delivers an appliance with windowsserver2008 core installed on a Cisco WAAS appliance. The Cisco WAAS is an WAN optimization appliance. One of the things it offers is a virtualization layer on which virtual machines can be run. In this case Microsoft and Cisco teamed together to serve a market segment that can be very profitable. A lot of (larger) companies are dealing with challenges about how to serve remote branch offices.
The branch office solution offered consists of a WAAS (hardware) appliance with Windowsserver 2008 Core that contains functionalities like Active Directory Domain Controller, DNS, DHCP and Print services.
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