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Silver Peak to shine spotlight on shadow IT at GITEX

Network firm to launch WAN fabric solution to unify enterprise network with public cloud

Silver Peak to shine spotlight on shadow IT at GITEX
Peruri: Most enterprises use dozens of cloud-based services, whether IT knows about them or not.

Network specialist Silver Peak will unveil its WAN fabric solution Unity at this year's GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, in an effort to tackle the emerging challenge of shadow IT.

In a recent study by Stratecast (a unit of Frost & Sullivan), 81% of line-of-business workers and 83% of IT staff admitted to using non-approved SaaS (Software as a Service) apps. This practice, often referred to as "shadow IT", opens a major gap in visibility, security and performance across the network and is a headache for CIOs, Silver Peak argues.

Unity unifies the enterprise network with the public cloud and tracks the location of cloud services and Internet "weather" to route traffic by "a secure, optimal path". By keeping cloud SaaS and IaaS traffic on the Unity fabric, Silver Peak says it can deliver the ability to monitor and control connectivity to the cloud while giving users consistent performance for cloud applications.

"The visibility solution is intended to transform the way Middle Eastern enterprises and service providers monitor their networks," said Bhaskar Peruri, regional sales manager for the Middle East at Silver Peak.

"Most enterprises use dozens of cloud-based services, whether IT knows about them or not. The problem is, IT staff have no insight into that traffic once it leaves the WAN. They can't troubleshoot problems or optimise applications the way they would on their own network.

"We are excited about the opportunities that the Middle East and this year's GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK hold for us. We understand that information security officers face growing pressure to protect terabytes of data on an increasingly unsecured network, and manage information safely, especially on the cloud."

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