Riverbed Admits Scaling Limitations

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 […]

Net Neutrality: Don’t Bet Your Business Against It

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

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 […]

Understanding Service Chaining

One of the emerging topics of conversation related to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has been something called “service chaining”. The topic has gotten a fair bit of media focus of late, resulting in an increase in the amount of inquiry on this topic. From the questions I’ve been getting, though, its become obvious to me that […]

Is NFV Just for Service Providers?

A lot of people that I talk to regard NFV as something of interest only to service providers. I think that perception comes in large part from the service provider orientation of some of the high-visibility organizations that have formed to drive the evolution of NFV. This includes an industry specification group (ISG) that the […]

The Holiday Internet Weather Map

Holiday shopping may be behind us, but Internet weather is still very much here. The fluctuations in latency and packet loss that can disrupt the cloud, and for that matter Internet shopping, continue to be a vital consideration in any network architecture. To find the extent of its impact, Silver Peak documented Internet weather patterns […]

Ciena Agility and Silver Peak: Changing the Rules in Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

For the past few years, Silver Peak has been at the forefront of software-defined WAN services for the enterprise and in the cloud.  Our philosophy has been to provide our enterprise customers choice: the flexibility and simplicity of virtual appliances or the same software pre-installed on a physical appliance. Regardless of their choice and where […]

Cyber Monday: Rough Weather Interferes with the Cloud

E-tailers weren’t the only ones grumbling on Cyber Monday. Enterprise users felt the effects of the online sales crush as North American Internet delays to leading SaaS providers increased by as much as 363 percent. This was the latest finding of an extensive research project conducted by Silver Peak and two leading Internet researchers into […]

Black Friday Internet Weather: Stormy with Plenty of Delays

While consumers were busy shopping on Black Friday, we were busy documenting their impact on the cloud. Teaming up with Internetweathermap.com we were able to capture end-to-end latency for hundreds of thousands of routes during the day from the across the Internet. We supplemented that research with packet loss statistics for major US backbones from […]

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: The Best Test Lab for Internet Weather

Researchers have long been interested in retailers’ ability to cope with online demands of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Less interest, though, has been paid to the impact the surge of e-commerce traffic has on the cloud and the enterprise as whole. For IT managers interested in shifting some or all of their traffic from […]