Silver Peak is a company that develops products for wide area networks (WANs). Its technology augments or replaces Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks with secure Internet connectivity, marketed as an SD-WAN. The company was founded in 2004 by David Hughes. Silver Peak shipped its first product, the NX-series hardware appliance, in September 2005.

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  • When It Comes To SD-WANs, WAN Optimization Should Be A No Brainer
    As someone who has been following enterprise WAN architectures for decades, I find their evolution fascinating, especially the number of new technologies that have been deployed in isolation. For example, WAN optimization and SD-WANs are often discussed as separate solutions.  From my perspective, I can’t fathom why a business would deploy an SD-WAN and not...
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  • SD-WAN Benefits: More than Eliminating MPLS
    Most of the discussion to date on the benefit of SD-WANs has focused on how an SD-WAN enables a network organization to reduce or eliminate its spend on expensive MPLS circuits. That is clearly an important benefit. However, as many early adopters of SD-WANs can attest to, SD-WANs have other important benefits. I am going...
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  • Cloud Native – The Perfect Storm for Managed SD-WAN Services
    We are excited to announce today that Silver Peak has joined MEF. With 130+ members, MEF’s new SD-WAN initiatives are intended to address implementation challenges and help service providers to accelerate managed SD-WAN service deployments. Some of this work involves defining SD-WAN use cases, and a key use case revolves around connecting distributed enterprises and...
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  • Application Availability is the Real Value of Active-Active Architectures
    Software defined WANs (SD-WANs) have gained market momentum so quickly because their value proposition is multi-faceted. Some enterprises have looked to SD-WAN as a way to dramatically lower network transport costs, while others are building SD-WANs to automate network operations. One of the more common use-cases I have seen is to shift toward an “active-active”...
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  • 5 Considerations When Evaluating a Managed SD-WAN Service Provider
    SD-WAN is gaining tremendous traction among enterprises owing to the benefits it offers—cost savings from efficient use of low-cost Internet and wireless links, centralized control and management, network agility, speed to deployment of new sites, and optimized cloud connectivity—to list a few.  While the DIY model provides enterprise IT managers unprecedented flexibility and control over...
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  • Service Providers Drive New Managed SD-WAN Services
    When SD-WAN first began capturing the media spotlight in 2015, many carriers initially viewed SD-WAN as a potential threat to their business. Fast forward two years and it’s become clear that SD-WAN provides a new way for service providers to address the changing connectivity needs of the enterprise. As enterprise applications migrate to the cloud, a...
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  • The Thin Branch Should be Enabled by Elimination AND Consolidation of Appliances
    The concept of the “thin branch” enabled by simplifying infrastructure has been around for as long as there have been branch offices. Branch offices are typically a microcosm of the company headquarters, but without the necessary IT staff to run them. It’s common to find a myriad of network and security equipment in a branch...
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  • Key SD-WAN Solution Evaluation Criteria
    On June 3, 2017, Andrew Lerner, vice president of research for enterprise networking at Gartner published a new blog: SD-WAN is going Mainstream. In this blog, Andrew offered two key takeaways: SD-WAN is real and has real and tangible benefits. At the same time, SD-WAN has downsides and/or challenges affiliated with early deployments. The downsides...
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  • Selecting the Right Managed SD-WAN Service Provider
    Many of you are already aware that an SD-WAN enables distributed enterprises to connect users to applications with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport technologies (MPLS, broadband, LTE), bring branch offices online quickly and become more agile, all while saving money. The Value of Choosing an SD-WAN Managed Service However, finding the...
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  • SD-WAN: What a Difference a Year Makes
    SD-WAN is taking off. A year ago we announced 100 paying, deployed EdgeConnect SD-WAN customers. Earlier this month, we announced our 400th customer deployment, representing a quadrupling of our SD-WAN customer base in just 12 months. We are seeing our Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution deployed globally, across a wide range of industries including financial services,...
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  • 2017 Signals a Change for the Value Proposition of SD-WAN
    SD-WANs have garnered a tremendous amount of interest from companies both large and small as they can significantly lower the costs and complexity of running a WAN. As businesses migrate applications to the cloud, they are increasingly embracing the cost advantages of broadband connectivity to connect users to applications. This is being driven not only...
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  • What is Driving Enterprise Interest in Managed SD-WAN Services?
    In my previous blog post, I described the trends that are driving continued growth in the SD-WAN market, and the potential it presents to managed service providers. In this blog, I share insights on factors that are influencing enterprise choice of managed SD-WAN services. Managed SD-WAN Services Managed SD-WAN services are similar to a number...
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  • SD-WAN is the “Killer App” for NFV Services
    I’ve just returned from attending Layer123’s NFV World Congress 2017 in San Jose, an energetic and engaging 3-day conference with a focus on NFV technology, solutions and services. It was exciting to see how strong the interest and buzz is around SD-WAN. As one tier 1 service provider speaker in their presentation noted, “SD-WAN is...
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  • How Can an SD-WAN Solution Improve Network Performance?
    The 2016 State of the WAN report contained the results of a survey in which the respondents were asked to indicate the factors that were having the biggest impact on their WAN. Given that unlike the LAN, the WAN exhibits performance limiting characteristics such as high levels of packet loss and latency, it isn’t surprising...
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  • What is Machine Learning and Why Should You Care?
    A recent article identified what Gartner considers to be the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017, one of which is machine learning. Per that article, machine learning has reached a tipping point and will increasingly augment and extend virtually every technology-enabled service and application. While I agree with that assessment, I don’t think that...
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  • How Close Are We To The Self-Driving WAN?
    In my last few blogs I’ve talked about the journey from the Software Defined WAN to the Self-Driving WAN. Applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to the WAN might seem futuristic, but it’s already happening with our Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution. A great example is our revolutionary First-packet iQ application classification technology which we announced at the...
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  • SD-WAN Makes Regional Hubs A Reality
    When it comes to WAN architecture, there has been a debate that has raged on for decades.  Hub-and-spoke or fully distributed mesh, which is better?  Hub-and-spoke networks are certainly simpler to design and manage, but the downside is that all branch traffic needs to be backhauled through a central location. Consider a U.S.-based company with...
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  • SD-WANs Are Necessary For Success With The Internet of Things
    It’s my belief that we will look back at 2017 as a tipping point for the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT has certainly been something that most business and IT leaders talk about, but to date, deployments have been limited to key verticals that have been connecting things for years, although we called it machine-to-machine...
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  • From Self-Driving Cars to Self-Driving WANs
    I realize that the idea of a ‘Self-driving’ WAN could seem like science fiction. But if you think of the visions propelling companies like Google, Tesla and Amazon, you can begin to realize how big an impact artificial intelligence (AI) will have in the next few years, both on our personal lives—and the way IT...
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  • Silver Peak’s SD-WAN Solution Takes Center Stage at MPLS & SDN & NFV World 2017 in Paris
    I’ve just returned from attending the 17th annual MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress 2017 in Paris, a very energetic and engaging service provider conference. The event has evolved from its early days as a leading MPLS technical conferences to a multi-technology and telecom solutions-focused conference spanning all aspects of virtualization, including SDN and NFV. I had the...
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  • Tiered SD-WAN Services: Monetizing a New Generation of Cloud-Enabled Services
    There is a rapid shift in enterprise plans for leveraging SD-WAN technology and solutions in 2017. We are seeing significant increases in the adoption and deployment of SD-WAN solutions for a number of reasons. The key drivers for enterprises include achieving greater agility to connect remote and branch office users to applications whether they reside...
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  • Why Managed Service Providers Cannot Ignore the SD-WAN Opportunity
    Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) has created a lot of buzz in the WAN space in the last couple of years. An SD-WAN utilizes intelligent, application-aware software to route traffic over the optimal network technology, based on business policies. This means that enterprises do not have to depend on Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) links for...
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  • What to Look For in Managed SD-WAN Services
    In my last blog entry I pointed out that 2017 will be an important year in terms of the adoption of SD-WANs. In that post I discussed some of the technical characteristics of SD-WAN solutions that network organizations should pay close attention to, since these are the characteristics that will determine whether or not these...
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  • Five New Rules For The WAN In The Digital Era
    It’s safe to say that no one likes change. It makes us uncomfortable and puts us in positions that we are not familiar with. This is certainly true in our personal lives, but it’s also true in our jobs. It seems every time there is some kind of major technology shift everything changes, and IT...
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  • “Can You Hear Me Now?” — SD-WAN for Reliable Voice Services
    If you’ve been doing Wide Area Networking (WAN) for as long as I have you know that Voice is perhaps the least-forgiving application as it relates to outages. For example, say you have multiple circuits, and the primary circuit experiences a failure; traditional WAN routing will simply not fail over fast enough to keep a...

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