VMware’s Intention to Acquire VeloCloud…

The announcement of VMware’s intention to acquire VeloCloud signals the broadening of the NSX Everywhere story. SD-WAN is a solution that offers agility, security, orchestration, and other business outcomes for remote and branch offices. It should not be considered just an MPLS replacement for the WAN with savings on bandwidth costs. At a core level, both NSX and VeloCloud’s products are based on an overlay network, which offers the flexibility to treat a logical network separately from the physical network, and this core concept has been popularized for many years via MPLS. Ironically, it’s the perceived lack of flexibility and costs of MPLS that have become the initial drivers for the popularization of SD-WAN, which promised to modernize the branch networks and WAN. VMware’s NSX Everywhere plan is similar to Cisco’s ACI Anywhere plan since it enables the core data center networks to reach out into other locations such as a public cloud. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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The Unified Cloud WAN [Video]

To make internet connectivity more reliable, IT organizations need a way to dynamically route data based on the shortest path and the least congested links. But to do this requires a layer of network intelligence that can see out across all the various network hops and links that interconnect corporate data centers and branch offices to cloud provider sites. The solution also needs to automate the rerouting of data traffic based on real-time internet “weather” conditions – just like a GPS system can detect congestion on a freeway and reroute the driver to an alternate roadway. Silver Peak’s Unity offering is designed to help IT managers regain visibility into the real-time status of their corporate cloud traffic while ensuring that data always traverses the most optimal path to its destination. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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Silver Peak Fabric Connects Cloud, Internet With WAN
Aug13

Silver Peak Fabric Connects Cloud, Internet With WAN

Best known for selling WAN optimization hardware and software for accelerating data movement between data centers, remote offices and the cloud, Silver Peak is looking to extend its application-centric focus with a new – and existing – set of offerings intended to unify cloud, Internet, and wide area networks on a single fabric. Dubbed Unity, the WAN fabric will feature automated routing to more than 30 of the most popular software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, including Box, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Office 365 and Salesforce.com. “We’re stepping beyond WAN optimization,” said Silver Peak SVP Damon Ennis. “We’re letting the IT manager regain the ability to control, manage and optimize the network… it’s a natural extension of our business (WAN optimization).” Unity consists of a mix of Release 7 of Silver Peak’s software, due out by the end of this month, the Cloud Intelligence service, and Silver Peak instances in cloud hubs or IaaS providers. The cloud intelligence component makes it unique, according to Andrew Lerner, a research director at Gartner. The fabric correlates information about cloud services and Internet “weather” – Silver Peak’s euphemism for slow or problem areas – to route traffic over a secure, optimal path, a capability which has been difficult to do with traditional IP routing-based techniques. WAN optimization is about improving the performance of business applications over WAN connections, and the development of the application acceleration market has been driven by customer demand for highly integrated solutions that employ a wide range of techniques to optimize network traffic and that offer scalability and fault tolerance, according to Gartner. It sees the need for application identification/control and both generic and application-specific optimizations to mitigate the impact of network latency on remote application performance. As part of this app-centric movement, the research company said optimization of SaaS applications, such as Office 365, is a key trend that is moving WAN optimization into external data centers or into services. Other vendors are taking different approaches to dealing with the growth of public cloud services in the enterprise, said Lerner. “WAN opt vendors need to embrace the movement of critical workloads to the cloud and the blurring of technologies that is occurring.” While Unity is primarily an extension of Silver Peak’s core WAN optimization focus, it does offer another potentially lucrative opportunity in controlling Shadow IT, said Ennis. Referencing a variety of sources, he said most IT (83%) and non-IT (81%) staff admit using non-approved SaaS apps, which opens a major gap in visibility, security and performance across the network. There’s a large shift away from enterprise-controlled applications, he said. However, as they transition to Internet-controlled apps, SaaS, “they don’t know what...

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