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 […]

Is It Time To Say Goodbye To BOB And Hello To POP?

An issue that is top-of-mind for most enterprise organizations is how to economically and efficiently provide IT functionality in their branch offices. And a top-of-mind issue for many Communications Service Providers (CSPs) is how to compete with Over the Top (OTT) players like Google, Skype and WhatsApp. Is it possible that there is a single […]

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, […]

Why ONUG Has It Right

I recently got back from spending two days at the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) conference in New York. Kudos to Credit Suisse for hosting the event and to ONUG leadership for organizing it. It was exciting to meet forward-thinking IT leaders and hear about their need for an open networking standard. Nick Lippis, co-chair […]

5 Ways To Make New Technology Easier To Adopt

There is no shortage of potentially useful business technology. What is in short supply is the time and budget needed to implement it. With that in mind, here are a few things to look for or do yourself that should make the process easier and cheaper. What we are seeking here is the equivalent of […]

Dear MPLS, We Need to Break Up

Dear MPLS, I’ve considered writing this letter for quite some time.  Fifteen years is a long time together, especially in the technology world. Many would say that this is long overdue. We’ve had our ups and downs as many relationships do, but alas, I’ve met someone else. When we first met in the 90’s you […]

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 […]

Network Security Matters (And This Time We Really Mean It!)

A new study from Infonetics Research reports that “Security is #1 concern for enterprise access networks.” The biggest change of its annual study of WLAN deployments is improving the security of access networks, stated Infonetics’ Matthias Machowinski, Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video. Enterprise access networks are undergoing a major transformation, driven by an influx […]