Black Friday and Cyber Monday: The Best Test Lab for Internet Weather

Researchers have long been interested in retailers’ ability to cope with online demands of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Less interest, though, has been paid to the impact the surge of e-commerce traffic has on the cloud and the enterprise as whole. For IT managers interested in shifting some or all of their traffic from […]

The Holiday Internet Weather Forecast

Thursday is Thanksgiving in America, but the subsequent Friday and Monday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are increasingly becoming global holidays, the shopping kind. Last year Cyber Monday saw online sales jump 15% over the previous year. Organic traffic spikes of 200% during Black Friday are not unusual, and reports of 800% increases have even […]

Highlights from our #HolidayInternetWeather Twitter Chat With @IntWeather

Yesterday Silver Peak hosted a great live chat on Twitter focusing on the theme of #HolidayInternetWeather. We had plenty of questions around Internet congestion and latency for our special guest, Dave Strickler (@IntWeather), of InternetWeatherMap.com, and he had lots to say on the subject.  We hope you were able to follow along live, but if […]

Holiday Internet Weather — Cloudy or Clear Skies?

As we move into the cold-weather season, savvy commuters know that poor weather conditions can have a dramatic effect on the time it takes to reach a destination — congestion, accidents, poor visibility — all of these have a cumulative slowdown effect. The bad news for network managers is that bad “Internet weather” exists, too, […]

5 More Ways WAN Optimization is Still Relevant

You’ve heard it, I’m sure. “Bandwidth is cheap. Why do we need WAN optimization?” It seems like a week doesn’t go by when I hear that question. I listed five reasons in my last post; here are five more to consider: 1) A Faster Cloud – WAN optimization dramatically reduces the time to move data […]

Who’s Who in Virtual Networking: Duncan Epping

Who is he? If VMware bloggers could elect a god, Duncan Epping would probably be it. His blog, Yellow Bricks, has been recognized as the #1 virtualization blog by vSphereland.com since 2009. His 17,600 Twitter followers is only bested by Scott Lowe among virtualization bloggers. Duncan was a founding member of the VMware EVO:RAIL team […]

5 Ways WAN Optimization Can Still Improve Efficient Networks

Applications are smarter today; bandwidth is cheaper. Can you really blame anyone for thinking WAN optimization is just a pointless expense? In a world embracing the hybrid clouds and hybrid WANs, though, WAN optimization is more relevant today ever. Here are the first five of ten ways WAN optimization can still help your organization: Optimum […]

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 […]