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 […]

If It’s Only A Question Of Size, Let’s Throw More At It

When talking about networks, the discussions quite often come down to discussions around bandwidth.  Everyone knows that more is better — well, at least that is the standard thought process anyway. Mainstream wired LAN connections are currently running at the 1Gbps and 10Gbps level, with 40Gbps uplinks being used as well, and virtualization allowing the […]

Kevin Spacey: “The risk takers are rewarded.”

IBM was pushing its CAMS (cloud, analytics, mobile and social) agenda at last month’s Impact 2014 conference, along with its composable business (a collaboration model between IT, line of business and development teams) concept. However, other than hearing multiple customers explain how they were transforming their businesses, I found the biggest benefit of the conference […]

Charles Darwin Would Have Embraced The Software-Defined WAN

It was Darwin who claimed that it’s not the strongest that survive, but the species that are the most adaptable to change. The world of networking is no different. The network, particularly the WAN, hasn’t changed much over the past couple of decades, as there really wasn’t a requirement to change, but there has been […]

WAN is Key Obstacle to Holistic Data Protection (Video)

Silver Peak storage expert Everett Dolgner speaks about the wide area network (WAN) being the weakest link in a holistic data protection strategy. “Most replication tools do a good job of moving data, but those tools can run into problems when running over a less-than-perfect WAN,” says Dolgner. “It’s not uncommon to see a 100 […]