Take Back the Control Plane

Much has been said about how Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WANs) let IT better control the flow of traffic over distance, improve security, and lower costs. Over the past months, we’ve had a few conversations with IT managers that point to a perhaps less-discussed, but even greater benefit to this new technology. A few […]

Bob Bruce Joins Silver Peak as Channel Chief

Networking channel veteran Bob Bruce has joined Silver Peak to lead the company’s channel partner efforts in WAN optimization and the emerging software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) market. Bob brings more than 30 years of experience leading sales strategy and channel development for top networking companies.  He was most recently vice president of channel sales at Aruba Networks, […]

Understanding Service Chaining

One of the emerging topics of conversation related to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has been something called “service chaining”. The topic has gotten a fair bit of media focus of late, resulting in an increase in the amount of inquiry on this topic. From the questions I’ve been getting, though, its become obvious to me that […]

Smaller, Quieter WAN Optimization for the Branch

A major challenge for distributed enterprises is providing branch office users with consistent application performance and reliability. But in many of these remote office locations, often in the retail space, some hardware just won’t fit in the smaller telco racks in their stores. And in environments where a networking closet doesn’t exist, fan noise can be a […]

The Top 5 Leaps of Faith When Building a Hybrid WAN

The hybrid WAN is an idea that’s been around for decades now. Prior to being an analyst, I worked in corporate IT and I was building Internet VPN links to connect home office workers, small branch offices, or back up connections. Back in the “old days”, a hybrid WAN was definitely the exception and far […]

Ciena Agility and Silver Peak: Changing the Rules in Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

For the past few years, Silver Peak has been at the forefront of software-defined WAN services for the enterprise and in the cloud.  Our philosophy has been to provide our enterprise customers choice: the flexibility and simplicity of virtual appliances or the same software pre-installed on a physical appliance. Regardless of their choice and where […]

Cyber Monday: Rough Weather Interferes with the Cloud

E-tailers weren’t the only ones grumbling on Cyber Monday. Enterprise users felt the effects of the online sales crush as North American Internet delays to leading SaaS providers increased by as much as 363 percent. This was the latest finding of an extensive research project conducted by Silver Peak and two leading Internet researchers into […]

Black Friday Internet Weather: Stormy with Plenty of Delays

While consumers were busy shopping on Black Friday, we were busy documenting their impact on the cloud. Teaming up with Internetweathermap.com we were able to capture end-to-end latency for hundreds of thousands of routes during the day from the across the Internet. We supplemented that research with packet loss statistics for major US backbones from […]

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, […]

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 […]