Starter Kits Offer NFV On-Ramp

As with any new technology, there is the inevitable chasm between the engineering developers (tasked with implementing innovative technology) and the marketers (tasked with getting it out into the market). Network Function Virtualization (NFV) continues that trend. What the term actually means, and how it is implemented, has resulted in frenzied activity in the vendor […]

Software-Defined WAN Optimization at Dell Enterprise Forum EMEA

The Dell Enterprise Forum for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) is set to take place April 14-17 in Frankfurt, Germany. As a Dell Global Preferred Partner for WAN optimization in more than 30 countries, Silver Peak is excited to be participating in the event. Dell bills the event as the premier technical learning event […]

How to Accelerate Dell EqualLogic Offsite Replication (Video)

This is a live demonstration of accelerating offsite replication with Dell EqualLogic and Silver Peak replication acceleration software. In joint lab testing, Silver Peak demonstrated performance gains of up to 15x for replication throughput, while real-world deployments have realized up to 20x with up to 90% WAN bandwidth reduction. By replicating data faster over existing networks, […]

9 Technology Trends Driving The Adoption Of SDN

Mike Fratto, my former editor at Network Computing, now a consultant at Current Analysis, recently wrote a blog entry that tried to cut through the 3 Hs of SDN — Hype, Hoopla and Hysteria — by posing what some consider the essential question of life (unless you’re a Monty Python or galactic hitchhiker fan, in […]

Technology 101: Dell & Keep It Simple Stupid

I’ve been covering IT for quite a while, starting around the time of the first white-collar revolt back in 1981. Ironically enough, the personal computer uprising was primarily initiated by IBM, who at that time was the epitome of a buttoned-down, my-way-or-the-highway approach. Among the vendors jumping on the PC bandwagon was Dell, and for […]

The New Convergence: Storage and Virtualization

This past week, EMC announced several new solutions to support virtual environments: the VNXe3150 and, more interestingly, according to CRN, plans to bundle Avamar Virtual Edition into VCenter. Now that the VMWorld Conference is in full swing here San Francisco this week, I thought I would share some observations on how the worlds of storage […]

The Only Superheroes You’ll Ever Need

Don’t let there be a dark knight in your data center. Join Silver Peak and our partners for The Dark Knight Rises movie premiere — and learn how you can defeat “Dr. Disaster” and protect your entire application infrastructure. Check out our website to find a location near you for a technical seminar and showing of […]

Sometimes, Good Enough IS Good Enough

While attending the Dell Storage Forum in Boston in mid-June I had cause to rethink my earlier blog post, Best of Breed vs. Best of Vendor. The unofficial themes of the event seemed to be ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’ and ‘In Most Cases, Good Enough IS Good Enough’. “The driver of convergence [storage, compute and […]

Moving Data Faster with Dell EqualLogic

Disaster recovery (DR) strategies are put in place to address the need to safeguard data against natural disasters, human error and malice. Enterprises manage these risks by replicating primary data to secondary sites. But if moving primary data to the secondary DR site takes so long that it becomes difficult to ensure a current copy […]

Rick Tinsley on Dell Relationship from Interop (Video)

From the Interop Las Vegas 2012 show floor, Silver Peak president and CEO Rick Tinsley is interviewed in the Dell booth about Silver Peak’s business and partnership with Dell. Hear Rick talk about the synergies with Silver Peak’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) and Dell server, storage and networking products.