A Smarter, Hybrid WAN

Dynamic Path ControlThere’s growing interest in our industry in connecting branch offices to two or more networks, such as the Internet and MPLS. Sometimes this is done for reasons of improving cloud performance, other times for availability or cost.

Regardless, maximizing the investment of a hybrid WAN remains a challenge for many IT organizations. Secondary connections often lie dormant, under-utilized, or the application experience is sacrificed as traffic is indiscriminately directed down one connection or another without considering the impact on application performance.

Dynamic Path Control, a feature of Silver Peak’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) we’re announcing today, enables a smarter, hybrid WAN. Silver Peak has long been able to assign applications to a specific path and connect locations with multiple paths. Dynamic Path Control adds the ability to make real-time traffic decisions for any application – selecting the fastest, least congested or most available path between locations.

With real-time intelligence, Silver Peak allows organizations to safely treat multiple connections as a single one. Users can replace expensive MPLS connections with low-cost internet connections. Companies can also improve branch office availability and cloud performance by complementing MPLS with local internet access. Dynamic Path Control prevents links from becoming imbalanced or application performance from being undermined by changing network conditions.

By working in real-time, Dynamic Path Control let’s Silver Peak prevent application problems. Significant packet loss rates and latency fluctuations often precede line failure. Silver Peak can detect those changes and switch application traffic to an alternative path before a user experiences any change at the application. Voice calls become more consistent and access to line-of-business systems become more predictable all because Silver Peak ensures the application takes the optimum path between locations.

It’s the difference between a GPS and a GPS with real-time traffic updates. Which would you want?