Will the Growth in Cloud Break the Enterprise WAN?

At Cisco’s recent annual Partner Summit, the company announced a grandiose vision of a world of interconnected, federated clouds. The event kicked off on Monday, March 24th with Cisco announcing it would invest a billion dollars over the next two years to build a Global Intercloud. The concept behind Intercloud is that cloud will shift […]

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) […]

It’s Time To Dump The Private WAN

Throughout the years, changes in computing have redefined the enterprise network.  During the mainframe era, there really wasn’t much of a network, other than small networks that resided inside the company headquarters.  A few locations had remote terminals but most of them were connected via dial-up modems.  Once the client/server computing era came about, organizations […]

Wide Area Networks are the Low Hanging Fruit of SDNs

Software Defined Networks (SDNs) have obviously been a hot topic on this site and many others for the past few years.  Despite the media hype, SDNs remain somewhat of an enigma for many enterprise network mangers.  The concepts of automation, programmability, and centralized control make sense to most network professionals I have talked to.  However, […]

What Does DevOps Mean for Application Delivery?

In the IT industry almost all of the enthusiasm (a.k.a., hype) is usually reserved for new technologies or new ways of implementing technology.  So why is there so much interest in DevOps which is a process, not a technology?  More importantly, how will the DevOps movement impact your ability to ensure acceptable application delivery? The […]

Cloud Acceleration – The Next Best Thing to Time Travel

Over the holidays, I was reading a novel about time travel on my iPhone. Then I came across an actual academic study about time travel and the Internet.  Two physicists from Michigan studied Internet searches, tweets, hashtags and the like. They looked for “prescient” mentions of current events at a date before they occurred. You […]

New Year’s Resolutions for WAN Managers

Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe, but 2014 is already here, so it’s time for all of us to make a bunch of resolutions that we have no intention of keeping!  For the WAN manager, though, I believe it’s time for change, and I’ve outlined a few New Year’s resolutions that should be taken […]

Mobile WAN Optimization is Overrated

The WAN optimization market has gone through significant growth over the past decade. It’s gone from a niche technology that not many companies actually knew about to something that many network managers can’t live without. However, one segment of this market that hasn’t grown much is mobile WAN optimization, which raises the question, “Just how […]

Services in a Second

This week’s VMworld Barcelona may draw enterprises, but service providers have even more to gain. Virtual network services, like Silver Peak’s Agility, can be provisioned in seconds, allowing service providers to rapidly onboard new customers. Coupling Agility with other services gives providers the capacity to deliver innovative, robust revenue generating services — fast. Our friends […]

The Ten-Day Replication Job — An RPO Success Story

As a project manager at Silver Peak I have spent a lot of time working with the Dell EqualLogic team over the last 12 months, and we have some solid data on the benefits that Silver Peak provides. The full technical report from the Dell and Silver Peak testing, with performance results from the EqualLogic […]