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Optimize performance of TCP-based applications across your WAN with Cisco WAAS, which combines application acceleration technologies with WAN optimization techniques. The WAAS solution allows you to confidently deploy centralized applications; consolidate costly branch office servers and storage into data centers; and offer LAN-like performance to remote users. Unlike other WAN optimization solutions, WAAS integrates transparently with the network, preserving TCP information to maintain functions such as security, QoS, visibility, and monitoring. WAAS is easy to deploy and manage, and integrates with Cisco IOS Software. To accelerate application and file performance and to reduce WAN bandwidth usage, Cisco WAAS incorporates application acceleration and WAN optimization techniques, including compression, redundancy elimination, transport optimizations, caching, and content distribution. These techniques help overcome the bandwidth, throughput, and latency limitations associated with TCP/IP and application protocols.