This week’s VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) event in San Francisco is very exciting — both for VMware and for Silver Peak. It’s the first year that the vCloud Hybrid Service team is attending and it’s the first time Silver Peak will be in attendance.
First, what is PEX? Traditionally, it has been a show for VMware’s reseller channel, and that is a very strong contingent. Increasingly, the definition of VMware’s partners is evolving and the line between resellers, service providers and technology partners is blurring. MSPs, CSPs, traditional resale partners, and technology partners like NetApp, EMC, Dell (all of whom are Silver Peak partners as well) are in attendance.
The focus of this year’s event, to quote VMware Channel Chief Dave OCallahan, is: “A focus on SDDC, hybrid cloud, management and EUC.” Silver Peak’s joint announcement today with the vCloud Hybrid Service team aligns well with these VMware initiatives.
As a leader in enterprise data acceleration and WAN optimization, the macro trend we and VMware collectively see is the increasing adoption of cloud services to offload some (but not all, yet) of an enterprise’s formerly internal-only services to the cloud. Our customers today accelerate their application and storage replication workloads between data centers, and now see the hybrid cloud as a logical extension. The “other end” is simply a flexible, secure, on-demand data center versus one that they own and operate (and pay large CAPEX and OPEX for).
We see early adoption use cases including some packaged applications, web/e-commerce apps, backup/archiving, and development/QA/test. When these applications are stretched between the traditional data center (which may have closer proximity and higher bandwidth to users) and the vCloud Hybrid Service, the wide area network (WAN) may become a bottleneck to accessing those resources. Also, as companies increasingly use Internet VPNs to connect to the cloud because of the cost and convenience advantages, customers must contend with network bandwidth, latency and quality challenges.
Silver Peak’s early investment and leadership in virtualization (with our VX and VRX virtual appliances) and SDDC automation (see our VMware NSX announcement) has allowed us to help VMware bridge the gap for customers who are beginning a transition to the hybrid cloud.
The key areas that Silver Peak VX and VRX software complement the vCloud Hybrid Service are:
- Initial data migration — This is the process of moving data into the cloud for the first time. It can often take days to move data into the cloud due to WAN constraints. With Silver Peak VRX software running in VCHS, we can shrink days to hours.
- Ongoing data replication/synchronization — Whether for backup, replication or synchronization of data from the data center to the cloud, WAN performance can affect throughput to and from the cloud. Silver Peak VRX software helps with these ongoing backup/ of workloads and associated data.
- Multi-site, end-user access to the VCHS — As customers begin to run critical applications like email, file, and Web apps in vCloud Hybrid Service, geographically distributed locations will require access. For these locations, WAN latency can have a significantly negative impact on application performance. Here again, Silver Peak can alleviate these WAN bottlenecks and make these applications perform as though they were local – even if they are hosted at a VCHS facility on the other side of the globe.
If you’re interested in seeing Silver Peak and VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in action, check out the video above.
And, if you are considering moving some of your apps to the hybrid cloud (or have already), you can get started with Silver Peak today — simply download our free 30 day trial, install one piece of software on-site, and install one in the vCloud Hybrid Service. Then, see for yourself the benefits that Silver Peak can provide as you begin your transition to the hybrid cloud.