Lessons Learned From a Cloud Migration

It’s hard to go anywhere today and not be inundated with the cloud. I see billboards on highway 101 between San Jose and San Francisco, there are cloud signs in airports, and it seems every TV show has some kind of cloud commercial embedded in it. This has put tremendous pressure on IT leaders to […]

Six Pitfalls To Avoid In The Hybrid Cloud

It’s prediction season for the year ahead, and one of the most popular forecasts this time is that 2015 will be when hybrid clouds become practical. This isn’t one of those forecasts that come around time and again though – like “this is the year of desktop Linux” – no, this one is pretty solid. […]

The Global Continuity Network

Business continuity is the new Holy Grail. Where once people used to look to ‘rapid’ backup and restore capabilities to recover from a disaster, this is no longer good enough in many cases. Backup windows are commonly insufficiently long to carry out the required actions of moving large data sets from one place to another, […]

Extending VMware vSphere 6 Replication over the WAN

Data protection is essential for business continuity and disaster recovery, and that includes the protection of virtual machines (VMs). Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2015, Silver Peak announced that our WAN optimization software has tested and pre-validated the new VMware vSphere® 6 Replication solution to accelerate remote replication. VMware vSphere 6 Replication provides an efficient […]

The Growing Need For Intelligent Workload Management

Life used to be so good. An operating system was loaded onto a server of some sort and an application stack loaded on top of that. Provided the workload remained pretty static, the performance was pretty much guaranteed. The problem was that most workloads weren’t static. As such, resource ceilings were often hit, and the […]

The Holiday Internet Weather Map

Holiday shopping may be behind us, but Internet weather is still very much here. The fluctuations in latency and packet loss that can disrupt the cloud, and for that matter Internet shopping, continue to be a vital consideration in any network architecture. To find the extent of its impact, Silver Peak documented Internet weather patterns […]

Cloud Data Protection: The Three Factors That Will Ease Your Transition

More data and applications are being moved into the cloud than ever before. If you believe the marketing hype, the cloud will solve all of your problems, for 1/10th the cost, in half the time, and make you a cup of coffee in the process. But what happens when you move data protection (backup, snapshots, […]

MEF ‘Third Network’ Vision Challenges Net Neutrality

The MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is arguably the best-functioning global industry networking forum. So when Bob Metcalf (the inventor of the Ethernet standard) on behalf of MEF launches a vision of Networking-as-a-Service — dubbed the ‘Third Network’ — to be realized on top of Carrier Ethernet 2.0, we sit up and take note. The central […]

Better Visibility Is Needed When the “Check Cloud” Light Goes On

Remember the old days? When one could look under the hood of a car when the Check Engine light went on? That feels like eons ago, given that cars today basically have a “start button” to fire up the car and get the computer going. The Check Engine light today means a mandatory visit to […]

Net Neutrality? Why?

The original concept of the internet was for a free and egalitarian means of moving and accessing data around the globe.  Indeed, originally, the whole idea of commercial activity on the internet was frowned upon. Now, however, the World Wide Web has moved a bit on how we use the internet.  Although we are all […]