enterprisenetworkingmag

Silver Peak: Enable Distributed Enterprises to Build a Better WAN

CIO VendorDavid Hughes Founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board
As organizations are rapidly shifting their software applications to cloud, networking professionals are realizing that the expensive traditional Wide Area Networks (WANs) with low bandwith private WAN circuits, lack the architecture to support a dynamic, internet-based environment. Companies are therefore embracing Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) to lower cost and help businesses become more agile by enhancing business productivity. This is where Silver Peak, a firm based in Santa Clara, CA, steps in. The firm, with its SD-WAN solution is enabling clients to leverage broadband, reduce their dependency on Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) to connect users to applications and seamlessly lowering WAN costs by up to 90 percent. Users can also make faster deployments, increase visibility, control and performance upgrade with the help of Silver Peak’s solutions. “With an ever increasing number of applications delivered as a service via cloud infrastructure, it is important that enterprises be able to move at cloud speed,” begins Dr. David Huges, Founder and CEO, Silver Peak. Having a goal of playing an important part revolutionizing networking and making things simpler, Huges says, “What people want is a network that just works.”

The Silver Peak NX WAN optimization appliances seamlessly fit into all enterprise networks, sitting between network resources and the WAN infrastructure and are sized for small branch offices to the large data centers and disaster recovery sites. The appliances require absolutely no client, server, or application reconfiguration to deploy and enable clients to easily overcome network bandwidth, distance and quality challenges when moving data over the WAN. Silver Peak WAN optimization appliances can be pre-provisioned and then automatically discovered using the automated deployment wizard, including implementation of custom policies. The Silver Peak VX virtual WAN optimization software supports numerous WAN optimization features for maximum functionality, including data reduction, path conditioning and traffic shaping.

With an ever increasing number of applications delivered as a service via cloud infrastructure, it is important that enterprises be able to move at cloud speed


It runs on all major hypervisors (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, KVM) and can integrate quickly and easily into existing virtual infrastructures.

The firm’s web-based, Global Management System (GMS) provides a centralized orchestration of WAN optimization deployments, advanced application classification, and detailed performance metrics. Besides, it also offers the tools required to centrally configure, monitor and manage a Silver Peak WAN deployment. Silver Peak GMS also makes day-to-day administration easier with scheduled configuration backups and automatic updates. The company’s easy-to-use dashboards provide essential real-time information, such as device status and usage statistics, WAN metrics, and alarms. With real-time and historical reporting, all the information needed for capacity management, network planning, auditing, troubleshooting, ROI analysis, and SLA enforcement is easily visible and accessible.

In an instance, Silver Peak assisted Earthlink Telecommunications, a broadband Internet Service Provider with their NX appliances to optimize WAN performance and reduce bandwith costs. Silver Peak leveraged a wide range of real-time network optimization techniques to maximize application performance across the WAN while decreasing IT operational costs. The firm was able to optimize all the applications that ran over IP, including file, email, SQL, web, Voice over IP (VoIP), streaming video, Citrix, Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), real-time data replication and remote backup to provide the best Return on Investment (ROI) for WAN acceleration.

Silver Peak has recently partnered with Cygate Finland, an IT company, to deliver a new managed SD-WAN service which will offer customers the flexibility to leverage the cost advantages of broadband with the performance, security and reliability they require to connect employees to business applications globally. Forging ahead, Silver Peak will continue to provide flexible WAN solutions and enable clients to use any combination of underlying transport without compromising application performance.