It’s Time to Simplify Security

The annual RSA security show was recently held in San Francisco. RSA is always a great show and it’s a chance to go see the latest and greatest in the ever-changing, fast-moving world that is security. There’s no question security is as hot as it’s ever been, with the show drawing over 30,000 attendees and […]

CRN Awards 5-Star Rating for WAN Technology Leadership

As the demands for the wide area network evolve and the movement toward building software-defined WANs (SD-WAN) accelerates, Silver Peak has been focused on addressing the dynamic and varied needs for our channel partners. And this work hasn’t gone unnoticed. We are pleased to announce that Silver Peak has been awarded a 5-Star rating in The Channel Company’s CRN […]

How Do I Build A Framework To Justify Upgrading The WAN?

As described in previous blogs, there is a large and growing set of technologies that can be used to implement a next generation of enterprise WAN. However, no enterprise implements technology just for technology’s sake… and as a result, network organizations interested in upgrading their WAN are facing a critical question: What do I have […]

How Do You Choose Which WAN Vendors To Talk To?

If you’re thinking of updating your WAN I have good news and bad news. The good news is that there is a wide range of new functionality being introduced into the market that can form the basis for a new generation of enterprise WANs. The bad news is that without an effective strategy for analyzing […]

The Software-Defined Social Network — Facebook’s High-Capacity WAN

Facebook’s datacenters at the edge of the Arctic Circle in Lulea, Sweden need to have sufficient connectivity to provide performance, now and in the future, for all the activities Facebook believes its users will be carrying out. Your average wide area network connectivity is not an option for Facebook – leased lines would just be […]

How Do You Pull Together a WAN Project Team?

There is absolutely no doubt that it has been a very long time since there were any fundamental changes to enterprise WAN design. There is also no doubt that there is a broad breadth of WAN-related functionality currently being introduced into the marketplace. This has to leave many network organizations wondering: How do I go […]

Why SD-WAN Surfaces in Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization

Highly-influential industry analyst firm, Gartner, has once again recognized Silver Peak as a “Leader” in its Magic Quadrant report for WAN optimization. See the new Gartner report[1]: According to Gartner, “As WAN optimization appliances increasingly include WAN path control and local link load balancing capabilities, these products are morphing into SD-WAN solutions.” So why is […]

Your Network Needs Agility — Whatcha Gonna Do?

Remember in the old World Wrestling Federation days when Mean Gene Okerlund would interview all of the wrestlers and each one would have their own tag line? Rick Flair’s was a simple “woo!” while Hacksaw Jim Duggin would scream “oh-ooh!” Hulk Hogan’s might have been the most memorable when he would ask his next opponent, […]

What Is A Next-Generation WAN?

In one of my last two blogs I discussed how a software defined WAN will automate the configuration of WAN edge routers and enable a WAN with multiple links to automatically reallocate traffic based on changing network conditions. In the other I discussed some of the WAN design options that the Open Networking User Group […]

How Should You Be Thinking About Your WAN?

For a twenty year period that began in the mid-1980s the enterprise WAN went through a series of transitions, starting with Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) based on T1 access and then moving on to Frame Relay, ATM, and finally to MPLS. Unfortunately, over the last decade there hasn’t been a new transmission service introduced into […]