Silver Peak seeks edge in WAN

Software defined networking, hybrid models, breathe new life into WAN.

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Silver Peak seeks edge in WAN Hemes says the transition to fully SD-WAN supported networks is well on its way.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 22, 2015

Silver Peak recently unveiled a new solution, Unity EdgeConnect, as part of its strategy to deliver higher-performing broadband and Hybrid WANs.

By allowing customers to use broadband connections to augment or replace their current MPLS networks, Unity EdgeConnect helps improve customer responsiveness, increase application performance and reduce capital and operational expenses, says Mike Hemes, vice president, EMEA, Silver Peak.

“Unity EdgeConnect creates a virtual network overlay, so that enterprises do not have to replace existing routers and firewalls at branch offices. This solution allows customers to move to a broadband WAN at their own pace, whether site-by-site, or via a Hybrid WAN approach that leverages both MPLS and broadband Internet connectivity,” he adds.

The Unity EdgeConnect solution comes as the Wide Area Network (WAN) space undergoes major realignment.

One of these trends is software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). According to Hemes, SD-WAN is breathing new life into the otherwise mature WAN optimisation market that has historically focused on optimising the performance of application traffic flows over a single link. SD-WAN, on the other hand, is about virtualising a variety of links, such as Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), broadband Internet, and load balancing traffic across these links, Hemes adds.

“SD-WAN technology creates a more intelligent WAN through path control and traffic automation. IT teams are thus being freed from WAN management because SD-WAN injects intelligence into path selection,” Hemes says.

SD-WAN tools can monitor and re-route traffic configurations on an on-going basis, depending on the state of the company’s network.

“SD-WAN products are helping businesses address WAN performance challenges by running traffic over a hybrid of public broadband, private MPLS links, and other WAN links such as LTE,” Hemes explains.

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