Cisco has not publicly announced any effort to de-emphasize its Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) portfolio, with which it competes with Riverbed Technology and other WAN optimization players. But Cisco's posture in WAN optimization is questionable.
Multiple sources told CRN that the WAAS group was hit hardest in Cisco's recent round of 1,600 layoffs, only six weeks after Cisco had announced updates to the physical and virtual WAAS lines. Cisco moved quickly in late July to counter the WAAS rumors, with Prashanth Shenoy, product marketing manager, saying in July 25 blog post that the "speculation Cisco has dissolved its WAAS business is inaccurate."
Still, Cisco WAAS engineers and sales people have moved around plenty during Cisco's corporate restructuring -- folded into other groups and business units even with WAN optimization as an expanding market. A sign?