Extending VMware vSphere 6 Replication over the WAN

Data protection is essential for business continuity and disaster recovery, and that includes the protection of virtual machines (VMs). Today at VMware Partner Exchange 2015, Silver Peak announced that our WAN optimization software has tested and pre-validated the new VMware vSphere® 6 Replication solution to accelerate remote replication. VMware vSphere 6 Replication provides an efficient […]

Nimble and Silver Peak: Better Together

You’ve heard from us how much Silver Peak improves replication performance, now hear it from the field. CIO Solutions, a Nimble storage partner based in California, recently published their performance testing with Nimble and Silver Peak: My prior experience with WAN optimization had been with Riverbed and the Juniper WX product (use to be Peribit) […]

Is Your WAN Ready for the Next Generation of Backup and Recovery?

So what did Santa bring your IT department this winter? If it was a shiny new disk-to-disk backup box to help protect your growing data storage estate, as it may have been for many organizations away from the bleeding edge, it is time to sort out how well this is going to fit with the […]

No WAN is an Island

“No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” The timeless metaphor by English poet John Donne provides many applications for reflection. Far from being islands, Wide-area-networks (WANs) actually interconnect islands of technology, such as data centers, branch offices and islands of individual mobile […]

When You Expect Fast But You Get Slow

Most of us have pummeled the bottom of a reluctant ketchup bottle; waiting impatiently for the tangy, red condiment to flow onto our plate or burger. That’s similar to the frustration users feel when they try to download an application or web page, but have to wait, and wait, and wait! They might tap on […]

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 “Big Iron” Needed to Move “Big Data”?

While there have been plenty of articles and buzz of late about the power of big data and even how WAN optimization will benefit big data, there’s been surprisingly little about what exactly constitutes a “Big Data” WAN optimizer. Yes, extreme scalability and resiliency are critical, but perhaps equally important is the use of off-the-shelf […]

Big Data in Motion

One of the most talked-about new buzzwords in the past year is “big data.” A recent Forbes article points out that big data is not just quantity, but also includes multiple types of data. Having a lot of data sitting around doesn’t really accomplish anything; the real key to big data is being able to […]

Birds do it. Fish do it. Let’s all migrate now!

OK. The title of this article is an obscure reference to an old Cole Porter song. And I know it’s a stretch. But hang in there with me. Have you ever watched a flock of birds migrate in the fall or salmon swim upstream to spawn? It’s amazing to witness. I’m always in awe, wondering […]