Implementing Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (VWAAS) v1.0 Course Overview

Implementing Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (VWAAS) v1.0 Course Overview

The Implementing Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (VWAAS) v1.0 course is a detailed training program designed to equip learners with the skills to deploy, configure, and manage Cisco VWAAS solutions. It focuses on optimizing application performance over a wide area network, ensuring efficient data delivery and reducing bandwidth costs.

Throughout the course, learners will delve into various topics, including application acceleration, traffic interception methods, Cisco AppNav, and the integration of Cisco vWAAS with Akamai Connect for content caching. The course also covers advanced management techniques using AAA and RBAC, monitoring strategies, and effective troubleshooting practices.

By attending this course, learners will gain practical experience through lab exercises, such as installing Cisco vCM, setting up vWAAS instances, and configuring network settings. Additionally, they will learn to monitor and manage Cisco vWAAS devices, ultimately enhancing their ability to support virtualized WAN optimization in various deployment scenarios, including on virtual private clouds (VPC).

This knowledge is critical for network engineers and IT professionals looking to improve WAN efficiency, making them valuable assets in designing and maintaining high-performance networks.

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Course Prerequisites

To ensure that participants are well-prepared and can fully benefit from the Implementing Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (VWAAS) v1.0 course, the following minimum prerequisites are recommended:


  • Basic understanding of network protocols, routing, and switching
  • Familiarity with Wide Area Network (WAN) operations and design
  • Knowledge of application optimization, server load balancing, and web caching
  • Experience with Cisco IOS or IOS XE and Cisco WAAS products is beneficial but not mandatory
  • Understanding of virtualization and cloud services is helpful
  • Fundamental insights into network security concepts
  • Ability to use a Windows-based computer including installing applications and using a web browser

These prerequisites are intended to provide a foundation for the course material and ensure a successful learning experience. Participants who meet these minimum requirements are more likely to grasp the advanced concepts presented in the training.


Target Audience for Implementing Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (VWAAS) v1.0

This course offers in-depth training on Cisco VWAAS optimization solutions for IT professionals seeking to enhance network application performance.


  • Network Engineers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Technical Solutions Architects
  • WAN Optimization Specialists
  • IT Professionals working with virtualized network services
  • Cisco Partners and Resellers
  • Professionals preparing for Cisco certification exams
  • Network Administrators managing Cisco networking environments
  • Data Center Professionals seeking to improve application delivery
  • Cloud Engineers working with Cisco solutions on Virtual Private Clouds (VPC)
  • IT Managers looking to optimize their existing network infrastructure


Learning Objectives - What you will Learn in this Implementing Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (VWAAS) v1.0?

  1. Introduction: The Implementing Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (VWAAS) v1.0 course provides comprehensive training on optimizing, configuring, and troubleshooting Cisco's WAN optimization solution to improve application delivery.

  2. Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Cisco WAAS and its components for WAN optimization and application acceleration.
  • Configure Cisco vWAAS for application-specific acceleration to enhance user experience across the WAN.
  • Learn to set up Cisco AppNav, the architecture designed for optimizing routing and scalability within a WAAS deployment.
  • Master traffic interception techniques including Policy-Based Routing (PBR) and Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP).
  • Implement Cisco vWAAS with Akamai Connect to optimize HTTP content delivery and offload tasks to the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
  • Manage Cisco vWAAS devices securely using Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).
  • Monitor Cisco vWAAS performance using the vWAAS Central Manager (vCM) and understand how to interpret reports and dashboards.
  • Troubleshoot common issues in Cisco vWAAS deployments using built-in tools and diagnostic tests.
  • Deploy Cisco vWAAS in virtual private cloud environments such as Microsoft Azure for cloud-optimized WAN services.
  • Gain hands-on experience through lab exercises that cover installation, setup, configuration, and optimization of Cisco vWAAS solutions.