The Software-Defined WAN and WAN Optimization: Networking’s Dynamic Duo

Today’s WANs have become remarkably complex. What used to be relatively straightforward point-to-point links have multiplied, meshed, and hybridized, as well as gaining layers of management and optimization to overcome the inherent weaknesses of telco connections and wring more capacity from them. At the same time, more and more users and services are moving off […]

Speeding up Network Provisioning

You probably know the problem already. The business is opening up a new office; has acquired a new company or wants to move a group of people from Place A to Place B. They have finally got around to letting IT know that it will happen – and they want you to wave your magic […]

Operational Challenges Continue To Plague Legacy WANs

This site, like many others, has focused on the need to evolve the WAN. Much of the value proposition for the shift to a hybrid WAN is to improve application performance, which is often poor over WAN. However, the challenges with a legacy WAN go beyond application performance. Operational issues are as big or a […]

All I Want For Christmas Is Some Dumb IP

Well, it’s that time of the year – the time when we’re thinking about what we want for Christmas, and what we will get our friends and family. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that network manager in your life, try getting some dumb IP, otherwise known as plain old Internet services. Why […]

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 […]