The Application Networking Services (ANS) advanced technology group is a critical group for Cisco’s ongoing success in enterprises. To date, Cisco has underperformed in this area; enterprises should consider other vendors for these important technologies.
• Cisco is lagging behind other vendors in many aspects of application-fluent network technologies.
• Cisco has not executed with its usual aggressiveness on products or marketing for application-fluent technologies. Being late to market, combined with questionable execution, leaves Cisco well behind market requirements in many areas.
• Enterprises looking for application delivery solutions should continue to look to other vendors.
• Cisco can be considered for WAN optimization technologies, but only as part of a complete review of requirements and after evaluating a reasonable shortlist of vendors.