Silver Peak: Wan Optimization to leverage on SDN

Beginning of the Jan 2013, Silver Peak published forecasts on WAN optimization trends, outlined by CTO David Hughes.

Key trends:

  • Hypervisor-Centric Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Adoption Begins

    In 2013, certain hypervisor-centric network elements (not physical network switching) will be deployed as software in the enterprise because it will be easier to deploy and help lower cost. This will happen with or without any standards around SDN.

    Virtualization will exert its influence on the wide area network (WAN) optimization market in 2013. The misconception that virtual does not perform as well as a physical solution has been disproved. It is becoming clear that the market has a strong preference for virtual technology because it offers a more cost-effective solution without any vendor-imposed hardware refresh while allowing for the deployment of WAN optimization anywhere.

  • Virtualization Drives IT Organization Overlap

    More network administrators will be doing what server administrators used to do, while server administrators are expected to start doing things that network administrators do. Functions won’t go away, but there will be increased overlap across the IT organization.

  • Replication Becomes Mainstream

    As data grows, so does the need for replication and the need to replicate everything. Natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy have compelled enterprises to relook into their disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Replication over long distance is no longer optional, it is now required.

  • WAN Bottleneck Persists

    Explosive data growth, combined with storage system performance increases (SSDs), and Web-scale database implementations will make the WAN a continued bottleneck for IT.

    The Silver Peak ‘Agility’ initiative leverages SDN to make WAN optimization available on a very granular level in a virtualized environment. By taking WAN optimization from the traditional network-defined domain and applying it directly to the virtual machine domain, it enables virtualization and server managers to address specific application problems more easily and cost effectively.

On Jan 24, 2013, CTO David Hughes explained that SDN is the way forward. His reason was previous attempts to mimic SDN benefits had been tried when technology was not available but now is. The costs benefit is a key driver.

The CTO delivered the message through the first of a six-part video series.

On Jan 29, 2013, Silver Peak Named to UBM Channel’s Infrastructure 20 and Data Center 100.

The CRN’s 2013 Infrastructure 20 list, which highlights the top infrastructure providers in CRN’s 2013 Data Center 100 list; recognizes channel-friendly technology vendors that increase data center efficiency in an environmentally and economically friendly manner.

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On Jan 30, 2013, Silver Peak announced that Sumifru deployed Silver Peak wide area network (WAN) optimization software to cost-effectively improve call quality and significantly improve overall bandwidth utilization.

Sumifru Corporation, a leading provider of high quality fresh fruits throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East, uses VoIP to connect more than 20 offices throughout the Philippines.

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