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 […]

Data Acceleration “Worst” Practices

I am constantly getting emails with “Best Practice” advice — for everything from traveling to IT. Well, it got me thinking: why doesn’t anyone provide “Worst Practice” advice? Can’t we all learn from other people’s mistakes? So here goes, this is my top 5 list of misconceptions and things to avoid in the data acceleration […]

It’s All About The RPO

I read with great interest a recent article by InfoWorld contributing editor Matt Prigge titled, “When WAN optimization really boosts network performance.” In general, I agree with the bulk of Matt’s comments — storage vendors are getting better at replication over long distance, some WAN optimization products don’t benefit from every type of replication — […]

The Lack of Innovation in the WAN

There are a number of differences between local- and wide-area networking.  One obvious difference is speed: many IT organizations are in the process of upgrading their data center LAN links from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps, and they’re aware that 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps technology is under development.  In contrast, due to the prohibitive […]

Make Sure You Get the Right Fit

Have you ever gone into your garage to build or repair something, but were unable to find the tools to do the job. I’ve experienced this more often than I care to remember. But, when I’m able to quickly find the tools I need, it’s not only very satisfying, it makes the project easier to […]

Danger! Overload!

“I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.” – Erma Bombeck. Actually, the same thing holds true for the communication pipelines that drive today’s electronic commerce and business-to-business communications. Virtually […]

Is data center consolidation causing bloating and congestion?

If you answered “yes,” well, I’ve got the remedy. If your enterprise is feeling the ill effects of poor WAN performance, you may assume it’s a bandwidth problem. If you invested in more bandwidth and a bigger pipe to ease the pain, and the problem persisted, the problem may be due to packet loss, latency […]

No Blarney! Silver Peak WANop Comes to Emerald Isles

One IT distributor in the Emerald Isles appears to embrace the phrase “Erin go Bragh” – Ireland is Forever – as a charge for progressive technology as it prepares to make available to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland an award-winning WAN optimization solution from the United States. Commtech, one of Ireland’s leading IT […]

Extending Virtual ‘WAN Op Anywhere’ to HP Switches

Continuing our mission to deliver WAN optimization anywhere, Silver Peak today announced  the availability of our VX virtual WAN optimization appliances on HP 5400zl and 8200zl switches. We made the announcement in conjunction with the opening of the VMworld Europe 2011 conference being held in Copenhagen this week. The Silver Peak integration leverages Silver Peak’s […]

The Skinny on Fat Pipes (Part 2)

This is part two of our “The Skinny on Fat Pipes” discussion. In part one, we talked about how WAN deduplication plays a role in optimizing high-capacity WANs. Now, let’s discuss how to overcome packet loss and out of order packets in fat pipes. We will also touch on how to support large data center […]