If You’re Doing Cloud, You’d Better Be Doing Network Virtualization

It’s interesting how the networking industry tends to get fixated on certain topics that everyone tries to get a piece of while they are hot. It’s a little like NFL offenses. Years ago, during the 49ers dynasty, everyone was trying to do some version of the west coast offense. More recently, the wildcat was something […]

What’s the Buzz Surrounding WAN Optimization?

Since WAN optimization first began to be deployed in the mid-2000s, analysts like myself have written numerous articles about the topic, several vendors have entered and/or left the market, and products and services have evolved significantly. Given all of the changes that we have seen relative to WAN optimization in particular, combined with all of […]

Law Firm Perkins Coie Builds Software Defined WAN

Delivering quality application and IT services to remote offices presents a challenge to any IT organization. The lack of local IT personnel makes it difficult to deploy hardware appliances or perform even mundane management tasks. Software can change all of that — just ask the IT team at Perkins Coie LLP. With 19 offices and 950 attorneys worldwide, Perkins Coie knows all […]

It’s Too Late For SDN As We Know It

At Silver Peak we frequently have the opportunity to meet with customers to learn about the challenges they face and the initiatives they have. As part of this learning process we ask questions that help us to learn more about the applications they use, how their network is structured, and what specific problems they are […]

Internet Weather Report: Cloudy with a Strong Chance of Latency

As enterprises extend to the cloud, more attention must be paid to the underlying network. Latency and loss rates across the Internet are as erratic as the weather. To illustrate the unpredictability, Silver Peak engaged with two leading Internet authorities to track latency and loss statistics for two weeks across hundreds of routes. The results are illustrated […]

An Intelligent WAN Fabric

Silver Peak today takes a major step forward in transforming the WAN with the unveiling of Unity – an intelligent WAN fabric that unifies the enterprise WAN, the Internet and the cloud. (read the press release) As you’ll hear from CEO David Hughes in the video above, Unity is an entirely new approach to wide area […]

Network Managers Want Automation for WAN-Based SDN

To date, the majority of software-defined network (SDN) solutions have been focused on the data center. Recently, though, there has been an increase in the number of vendors that provide wide area network (WAN)-based SDN solutions. As is the case with the data center, the term is very broad and means everything from orchestration of […]

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Whether a tugboat or luxury yacht, the axiom holds true: “a rising tide lifts all boats.”  Any improvement in an industry will benefit all members within that group — large or small. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how an advancement in applications and services delivered over shared networks might spur the networking […]

Faster Data Recovery with Dell SC-Series Storage and Silver Peak (Video)

A financial institution with nearly 50 locations throughout California, Citizens Business Bank achieved faster data recovery by combining Silver Peak data acceleration software with Dell SC-Series Storage. Today, at the Dell User Forum in Miami, Dell introduced the new Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays. These bring high-end storage capabilities to mid-sized deployments, offering all-flash performance for up […]

World Cup Creates a Messi Environment for Network Managers

There’s no question that recreational traffic plays havoc with business networks. Between the PGA Masters, NBA March Madness, MTV Music awards, YouTube, and other events, network managers are always struggling to block recreational traffic. This week, of course, viewers across the globe are using the corporate network to find out how Argentina and Lionel Messi […]