I’ll Have Some WANop with That

Good service is the core of good business, so it came as little surprise during the last decade that companies in the technology industry began moving toward service models to enhance their ability to serve their customers…and they all came with “catchy” acronyms.

It began with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and then moved to Software as a Service (SaaS). Since then, the list has grown significantly to include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Communications as a Service (CaaS), Data as a Service (DaaS), Hardware as a Service (HaaS), there’s even a Zebra as a Service (ZaaS), although it has nothing to do with actual zebras (it’s an “internet as a service” offering from a company called Selling to Zebras).

One of the latest added to the menu of “as a service” offerings is OaaS; that stands for Optimization as a Service. It’s what Silver Peak’s latest partner in the UK, EcoLogic Systems Ltd., is delivering using Silver Peak’s virtual WAN optimization appliances.  This is the first cloud-based WANop service of its kind in the UK.  No capital expenditures (capex) are required; customers simply license WAN optimization on an annual basis.

Silver Peak virtual appliances can be quickly and easily downloaded and deployed on premise, and customers get access to their own management portal for dynamic visibility into network and application performance. Ecologic’s OaaS is primarily targeted at small and medium sized businesses with remote branch offices. By overcoming WAN bandwidth, latency and packet loss challenges, Ecologic customers easily centralize key applications within the cloud and backup strategic data to centralized repositories.  This makes disaster recovery, virtual desktops, server/storage centralization and various other strategic IT projects easy and cost effective.

Stay tuned! Soon I will highlight some of the types of customers in the UK who have ordered this intuitive service.