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Silver Peak unveils Unity EdgeConnect

Solution enables software-defined WAN by leveraging broadband connections, vendor says

Silver Peak unveils Unity EdgeConnect
Some of Silver Peak's key customers have already deployed Unity EdgeConnect

Silver Peak this week announced its new Unity EdgeConnect solution, which the company said would enable enterprises to build a wide-area network (WAN) by leveraging broadband to connect users to applications.

The vendor said that this would reduce the cost and complexity of building a WAN. Indeed, Silver Peak went as far as to say that the new EdgeConnect solution could augment or replace customers' MPLS networks.

Delivered in both physical and virtual form factors, Unity EdgeConnect creates a virtual network overlay, so that enterprises do not have to replace existing routers and firewalls at branch offices. With the solution Silver Peak said that customers can 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.

This method of building out a WAN is often referred to as software-defined WAN (SD-WAN).

"With an ever-increasing number of applications delivered as a service via cloud infrastructure, it's important that enterprises be able to move at cloud speed," explained David Hughes, founder and CEO of Silver Peak.

"Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect is the premier solution for customers that want to leverage the Internet more effectively in a secure, controlled, and automated manner while delivering consistent and reliable performance for users connecting to any application."

Unity EdgeConnect is an overlay solution, which means connectivity decisions are made independent of carriers, avoiding lengthy procurement and deployment delays for faster time to service, Silver Peak said. The vendor added that connectivity can be rapidly extended, moved or changed where and when the business demands.

Some of Silver Peak's key customers have already deployed Unity EdgeConnect.

"The high cost and limited capacity of WAN connectivity at our remote sites was becoming restrictive to our business and the productivity of our users," said Chris Edwards, VP of systems for Group Dekko, a provider of workplace LED lighting, power delivery solutions and engineered electrical components and assemblies.

"With Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect, I can now build a broadband-based WAN that lowers my overall monthly data spend and maximises the performance of all our applications, including the use of voice over broadband."

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