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It’s Time To Stop The ‘WANSanity’
/ Nov 17, 2015 0 COMMENTS

One of the quotes that Albert Einstein is credited with is: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If that is indeed how insanity is defined then there is no part of IT that is more insane than the corporate WAN. I’ll explain why I…

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Verizon Jumps On The SD-WAN Bandwagon
/ Sep 15, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In June I posted a blog urging the incumbent telcos to accept the fact that the era of SD-WANs is here and to embrace it instead of fearing it. The topics of SD-WAN and broadband WAN have been red hot of late, but almost all of the early thought-leadership has been driven by start-ups like…

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CRN Awards 5-Star Rating for WAN Technology Leadership
/ Apr 22, 2015 0 COMMENTS

As the demands for the wide area network evolve and the movement toward building software-defined WANs (SD-WAN) accelerates, Silver Peak has been focused on addressing the dynamic and varied needs for our channel partners. And this work hasn’t gone unnoticed. We are pleased to announce that Silver Peak has been awarded a 5-Star rating in The Channel Company’s CRN…

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Ripley’s Next Exhibit: The Internet Wide Area Network
/ Apr 1, 2015 0 COMMENTS

If you’ve ever been to a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, you’ll know it’s filled with things that are true, but hard to believe. For example, the museum has “ginormous” bugs that you can keep as pets, use to fight one another, or even eat! Hard to believe, but true. They also have microscopic…

Why SD-WAN Surfaces in Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization
/ Mar 20, 2015 2 COMMENTS

Highly-influential industry analyst firm, Gartner, has once again recognized Silver Peak as a “Leader” in its Magic Quadrant report for WAN optimization. See the new Gartner report[1]: According to Gartner, “As WAN optimization appliances increasingly include WAN path control and local link load balancing capabilities, these products are morphing into SD-WAN solutions.” So why is…

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What Is A Next-Generation WAN?
/ Mar 11, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In one of my last two blogs I discussed how a software defined WAN will automate the configuration of WAN edge routers and enable a WAN with multiple links to automatically reallocate traffic based on changing network conditions. In the other I discussed some of the WAN design options that the Open Networking User Group…

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Internet Connections Can Be Used For More Than Best Effort Traffic
/ Feb 27, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The topic of WAN transformation is certainly nothing new, but the shift to mobile and cloud computing is making the evolution of the WAN something businesses must make a priority. Prior to being an analyst I ran some fairly large WANs, and for as long as I can remember there has been talk of trying…

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Riverbed Admits Scaling Limitations
/ Feb 18, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Riverbed and Silver Peak don’t usually agree when it comes to matters of WAN optimization scalability and for good reason. We’ve offered it; Riverbed hasn’t. But now in a recent blog, Riverbed has decided to tell us why its products don’t scale. Apparently, it’s because they’re like lattes. Let me explain. There’s been this misconception…

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Net Neutrality: Don’t Bet Your Business Against It
/ Feb 13, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Net Neutrality: A Force To Be Reckoned With OTT (Over-the-Top) content (notably video) on the public Internet continues to tie up yet more of the public Internet capacity. Infrastructure providers, however, are wary of investing heavily in new infrastructure capacity since with net neutrality they have little chance of monetizing these investments. On their side,…

Wake Up Your Redundant WAN Link
/ Feb 5, 2015 2 COMMENTS

Many enterprises I speak with are looking to leverage low-cost, Internet lines for backup or even to offload traffic from more expensive MPLS connections. The Hybrid WAN, as this approach is called, is too complex to be built with conventional routing. Here are the three steps you can follow to build a Hybrid WAN in…