Law Firm Perkins Coie Builds Software Defined WAN

Delivering quality application and IT services to remote offices presents a challenge to any IT organization. The lack of local IT personnel makes it difficult to deploy hardware appliances or perform even mundane management tasks. Software can change all of that — just ask the IT team at Perkins Coie LLP. With 19 offices and 950 attorneys worldwide, Perkins Coie knows all […]

Branch Office of the Future: An IT Blueprint (Infographic)

Branch offices have long posed a challenge for distributed organizations. Where server consolidation is impossible, some have deployed proprietary, all-in-one appliances in the branch incurring marked increases in capital and operational costs. But there is a different approach. By coupling data acceleration software with the advances in hypervisor technologies and server designs, IT can solve […]

Who’s Who in Virtual Networking: Cody Bunch

Cody Bunch is a private cloud/virtualization architect, VMware vExpert, and VMware VCP from San Antonio, Tx.  He works as a private Principal Architect, Private Cloud at Rackspace Hosting. Where can you find him? Cody’s probably best known for his work on the #vBrownBag podcast at ProfessionalVMware. He’s the author of several books including OpenStack Cloud Computing […]

SteelFusion — Where’s the Beef?

Riverbed’s Gil Haberman blogged about how competitors crashed their SteelFusion launch party last week, bemoaning how they’re misleading the industry into thinking that “commodity solutions can deliver comparable value” to SteelFusion (formerly Granite). As the lead party crasher, I take umbrage (not really, but I’ve always wanted to use that word in a tech blog) […]

Who’s Who in Virtual Networking: Mike Laverick

Mike Laverick Who is he? Mike is the senior cloud infrastructure evangelist for VMware. Before joining VMware he was an independent for 10 years. He’s a former freelance VMware Certified Instructor with 17 years of experience in technologies, such as Novell (NCT), Windows (MCT), Citrix (VCI) and of course VMware (VCI). Very involved in the […]

Better for the Branch — Which Architecture is Right for Your Remote Sites?

An IT manager recently pinged me about our approach to branch offices. He was considering Riverbed’s SteelFusion (formerly Granite) and wanted to evaluate a comparable solution from Silver Peak. It’s a common question and one that underscores the enormous agility, cost, and functionality of the Silver Peak approach. So I decided to work up a […]

Nimble and Silver Peak: Better Together

You’ve heard from us how much Silver Peak improves replication performance, now hear it from the field. CIO Solutions, a Nimble storage partner based in California, recently published their performance testing with Nimble and Silver Peak: My prior experience with WAN optimization had been with Riverbed and the Juniper WX product (use to be Peribit) […]

Who’s Who in Virtual Networking: Aidan Finn

Name: Aidan Finn Who is he? Aidan Finn is a Microsoft Valuable Professional with extensive Hyper-V expertise. Aidan has been working in IT infrastructure since 1996, and is the Technical Sales Lead for MicroWarehouse Ltd., a Microsoft value added distributor in Ireland. He is a contributing editor for the Petri IT Knowledgebase and has written […]

Who’s Who in Virtual Networking: Scott Lowe

Scott Lowe Who is he? A longtime IT hand, Scott has filled just about any role you’d expect in IT — instructor, systems engineer, consultant, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and more. Today, he’s one of the most respected thinkers in the VMware community. Where can you find him? By day, Scott’s an engineering architect for […]

Brazeway Saves Big by Avoiding WAN Optimization Hardware Upgrade

Hardware appliances may sound inexpensive at first, but over time require all sorts of hidden costs, such as forced upgrades due to hardware obsolescence, high sparing costs, increased complexity, and more. Just ask Brazeway, Inc. An aluminum designer and manufacturer, Brazeway had relied on Riverbed hardware primarily for accelerating file services (CIFS traffic) between its […]