Silver Peak Integrates Agility with VMware NSX (Video)

Today Silver Peak announced a groundbreaking integration with VMware’s NSX network virtualization platform. This is a significant step forward in our Agility initiative, which extends our data acceleration capabilities beyond the networking audience and puts it in the hands of virtualization and application owners. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work from our engineering […]

David Hughes on Stepping Up as CEO (Video)

Watch this video of new Silver Peak CEO David Hughes talking about Silver Peak’s position in the market and the opportunity he sees for accelerated growth in the future. David has stepped up to the role of CEO. He is looking to build on the company’s rapid growth and market leadership in virtual WAN optimization software, […]

The Changing Role of the IT Professional

Over the last few months, I have moderated three software-defined networking (SDN) seminars that were produced by Network World. In each seminar a number of speakers spoke at length about the potential for SDN to automate the vast majority of configuration changes that are now done in a largely manual fashion, and in every session […]

A Pox* On (Too Many) SDN Standards

What if you created a standards group that everybody wanted to participate in? I’m not saying that OpenDaylight Project represents all — or even the majority — of SDN stakeholders, but its current lineup of industry heavyweights will probably do for now. Announced on April 8, it is intended to ‘accelerate adoption, foster new innovation […]

It’s Time for SDN Marketers to Step on the Gas

There’s no networking topic I get more end-user inquiry on than software-defined networks (SDN).  The types of questions I get are all over the map, making it difficult to get a good feel for what purchase intentions are.  To get a better handle on what we might see in the way of SDNs investments over […]

SDN: Lots of Smoke. Any fire?

In a previous blog post I discussed the growing trend away from hardware specific solutions and towards solutions that feature software running on generic hardware. That trend took off several years ago with the introduction of server virtualization. In today’s environment it is difficult to read a trade magazine or go to a conference and […]

SDN: Focus on Simplification and Education

The mania around software defined networks is at an all time high. If this were the World Wrestling Federation, we would be referring to the early adopters and media as SDN-a-maniacs. However, despite the hype and the numerous trials we hear about, there are very few production deployments of SDNs. Why? Well, I think the […]

The Amazing Network Chameleon

I’ve always thought chameleons were cool. I actually had one when I was younger, and was fascinated by its ability to adapt to different surroundings by changing color. The networks of today are becoming technology chameleons that are adapting to meet the unique and ever-changing needs of their data centers and application workloads. No matter […]

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 […]

Business Thrives When Applications Become Services

With a basic web application, the user sends a request over the network to a server that returns the application or content to the user’s browser. The browser simply renders and displays the information from the formatted pages sent from the server. However, many of today’s web applications are much more complex with a lot […]