Demystifying Deduplication

If deduplication is not only a great way to cut your storage costs but also a good way to save on WAN costs, is that reduplication? Either way, deduplication has been around for a while and is pretty mature now, yet there have been a couple of reminders recently that it is still not as […]

VMworld 2012: Understanding Deduplication (Video)

When many people think of “deduplication” in information technology (IT), they likely think of its applicability in the storage world. But deduplication can also be applied to the wide area network (WAN). In this video, Silver Peak director of replication product management, Everett Dolgner, talks about the differences between storage deduplication and WAN deduplication. Everett discusses […]

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 […]

To Buy or Not to Buy…Bandwidth

Network managers responsible for their firms’ WANs find themselves at a bit of at impasse these days. With ever-increasing demands upon their network due to large file capacity, video and audio, not to mention the demands of cloud access, they have to decide whether to purchase more bandwidth to accommodate these additional demands or make […]

Advent Optimizes WAN Performance with Silver Peak

Advent Software, Inc., is a leading provider of software and services for the global investment management industry with more than 4,500 client firms around the world. Like so many large, international enterprises, Advent required high-performance WAN connectivity between its 21 global branch offices as well as its data centers, but bandwidth limitations, latency and packet […]

Bypassing the Bandwidth Cap

Limitations are onerous things. They slow us down and keep us from being all we can be. Even as more businesses turn to cloud computing to expand their potential, they run smack dab into the limitations of their Internet service provider’s bandwidth cap and suddenly find themselves waiting…and waiting…and waiting to retrieve data that they […]

When Virtualization Meets Reality

Back in 1982, the common perception of virtualization was depicted on the silver screen in the movie “Tron” in which a computer hacker becomes trapped within a mainframe computer system. Now, one sequel and nearly 30 years later, the reality of virtualization is far removed from that realm of science fantasy. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or […]

Storm Front Coming: Looking to the Cloud for Recovery

My home state of Massachusetts is not usually thought of as “tornado alley” as we average three, typically non-destructive twisters per year. Nevertheless, last week we were hit with four separate twisters in a single day. Those four tornadoes are a tiny fraction of the more than 1,400 reported in the U.S. this year. Their […]

Don’t be Cloud Smart and Bandwidth Foolish

Jonathan Strickland over at “How Stuff Works” recently reminded me of one of my favorite comedy routines – George Carlin’s “A Place for my Stuff.” In this routine, the late comedian compares his life to a search for somewhere to put “his stuff” – his house is a big place for his stuff, while his […]

Not Your Father’s Cache

I’m dating myself here, but on this week back in 1997 I found myself at the Las Vegas Interop show (then called Networld+Interop) announcing a new product called Shared LAN Cache Server (aka SLC Server) for a then “new player” in the network acceleration market called Measurement Techniques. We promoted SLC Server as “a lower […]