Why ONUG Has It Right

I recently got back from spending two days at the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) conference in New York. Kudos to Credit Suisse for hosting the event and to ONUG leadership for organizing it. It was exciting to meet forward-thinking IT leaders and hear about their need for an open networking standard. Nick Lippis, co-chair […]

Dear MPLS, We Need to Break Up

Dear MPLS, I’ve considered writing this letter for quite some time.  Fifteen years is a long time together, especially in the technology world. Many would say that this is long overdue. We’ve had our ups and downs as many relationships do, but alas, I’ve met someone else. When we first met in the 90’s you […]

5 More Ways WAN Optimization is Still Relevant

You’ve heard it, I’m sure. “Bandwidth is cheap. Why do we need WAN optimization?” It seems like a week doesn’t go by when I hear that question. I listed five reasons in my last post; here are five more to consider: 1) A Faster Cloud – WAN optimization dramatically reduces the time to move data […]

5 Ways WAN Optimization Can Still Improve Efficient Networks

Applications are smarter today; bandwidth is cheaper. Can you really blame anyone for thinking WAN optimization is just a pointless expense? In a world embracing the hybrid clouds and hybrid WANs, though, WAN optimization is more relevant today ever. Here are the first five of ten ways WAN optimization can still help your organization: Optimum […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Attention Network Managers: It’s Time To Shift to a Software-Defined WAN

I’ve done a number of blogs recently on the topic of WAN evolution.  In them, I tried to make the case that a software-defined WAN was a good alternative to a traditional WAN.   I’m changing my stance on this now and stating that the software-defined WAN should be the only type of wide area network […]