|By Business Wire
|August 13, 2014 08:03 AM EDT
Silver Peak today unveiled Unity,
a groundbreaking intelligent wide area network (WAN) fabric that unifies
the enterprise network with the public cloud. Unlike traditional WAN
optimization solutions, Unity correlates information about cloud
services and Internet “weather” to intelligently route traffic over a
secure, optimal path. By keeping SaaS
and IaaS traffic on the Unity fabric, IT gains an ability it’s never
had: the ability to monitor and control connectivity to the cloud while
ensuring consistent SaaS performance.
“Most enterprises use dozens of SaaS services, whether IT knows about
them or not,” said David Hughes, CEO of Silver Peak. “That usage will
only increase as enterprises shift computing workloads to the cloud. The
problem is, IT staff have no insight into that traffic once it leaves
the WAN. They can’t troubleshoot problems or optimize applications the
way they would on their own network. CIOs don’t want to be responsible
for performance they can’t control.”
“Silver Peak Unity represents an entirely new approach to wide area
networking, which steps beyond WAN optimization,” Hughes continued.
“We're giving the enterprise a complete map of the cloud-driven network
and applying new routing and intelligence to help enterprise IT see,
control and optimize connectivity to every SaaS application.”
Silver Peak software installed in data centers, branch offices and cloud
interconnection hubs generates the Unity fabric, a network overlay that
controls and accelerates connectivity to any combination of enterprise
services, IaaS resources and SaaS applications. Each Silver Peak
instance on the Unity fabric communicates with Silver Peak’s new Cloud
Intelligence service, which aggregates constantly changing
information about cloud providers and Internet weather. Unity uses this
information, along with calculations from each software instance, to
dynamically route traffic to the cloud over the optimal path.
Orchestration is handled by Silver Peak’s Global Management System
(GMS), which provides IT managers with complete visibility and control
over the deployment and use of cloud services.
“The rate at which our employees use cloud services has spread like
wildfire,” said Jeff Wilson, IT director for Nevro Corporation. “With
users in different parts of the world, I was not only finding it
difficult to maintain consistent performance for my users, but I’ve been
constantly surprised by new cloud applications popping up on users’
screens. Silver Peak has already been an instrumental partner in helping
us accelerate data mobility for our VMware vCloud environment, and I’m
excited to see Silver Peak Unity extend that expertise to give me the
ability to control the performance and management of our core
cloud-based services. Now we can punch a hole through to the systems
that drive our business.”
Enabling the New Enterprise Network
Silver Peak Unity combines unique technology for monitoring, controlling
and optimizing the new network:
Advanced WAN Routing: Advanced Exterior Routing identifies the
closest egress to cloud data centers and directs traffic to a cloud
service over an optimal path. Advanced Interior Routing dynamically
selects the fastest, least-congested, or most available path for
traffic by monitoring packet loss, latency, and bandwidth in real time.
Cloud Intelligence: This new subscription service delivers
information about cloud services to Silver Peak software instances,
creating an Internet weather map for intelligent routing decisions.
Accelerated Encryption: The Unity fabric is built on IPsec VPN
security without any performance degradation, using AES-256 encryption
with SHA-1 authentication and a simplified deployment model.
Data Reduction: WAN compression and deduplication inspects all
traffic in real time, eliminating repetitive transmission of duplicate
Path Conditioning: Adaptive Forward Error Correction
reconstitutes dropped packets in real time, while Packet Order
Correction re-sequences packets that may traverse multiple paths
across the network.
Traffic Shaping: Applications are classified to prioritize
critical traffic classes while constraining recreational or
personal-use traffic classes.
Global Visibility: Web-based GMS provides centralized
orchestration of WAN deployments, advanced application classification,
and detailed performance metrics.
Shining a Light on Shadow IT
The public cloud has become a powerful tool for increasing enterprise
growth and efficiency. According to IDC, worldwide spending on public IT
cloud services is expected to hit $107 billion in 20171.
However, as adoption of the public cloud grows, so too does the use of
IT systems and solutions without organizational approval. According to a
study conducted for McAfee by Stratecast, a unit of Frost & Sullivan,
81% of line-of-business workers and 83% of IT staff admit to using
non-approved SaaS apps. This practice, often referred to as “Shadow IT,”
opens a major gap in visibility, security and performance across the
network and a headache for CIOs.
Gartner reports that “traditional enterprise WAN architectures are not
well-suited for the adoption of cloud-based IaaS and SaaS solutions, due
to increased latency and the cost of backhauling traffic to centralized
gateways.” Gartner also projects that “through 2015, at least 50% of
cloud deployments will suffer from network performance issues.”2
Gartner analysts Andrew Lerner and Neil Rickard write: “Network
architects should revise WAN architectures to improve performance for
external cloud applications and resources. In most cases, hybrid WAN
architectures will provide the best blend of performance and
According to a recent market analysis conducted by Doyle Research, the
worldwide Intelligent WAN market is expected to reach $3.2 billion by
2018 and is growing at a rate of 20% year-over-year. “Public cloud
adoption is placing significant stress on the WAN,” said Lee Doyle,
principal analyst at Doyle Research. “This has opened the door for new
WAN solutions that can maximize your return on cloud investments,
rein-in Shadow IT, and enable highly reliable, secure networks with
low-latency traffic to end users independent of their location or device
Products, Pricing and Availability
Silver Peak customers can build a Unity fabric by upgrading to release 7
of Silver Peak software and subscribing to Silver Peak’s new Cloud
Intelligence service. New customers simply purchase Silver Peak software
and subscribe to Unity Cloud Intelligence. Customers can expand their
Unity fabric by adding Silver Peak instances in cloud hubs or IaaS
providers. The Silver Peak Unity Cloud Intelligence subscription is
$5,000 per enterprise, per year and supports any SaaS applications.
Silver Peak software instances are available for as little as $551 per
About Silver Peak
Silver Peak software unifies cloud, Internet and WAN on a single fabric,
giving IT complete visibility and control over the new network while
ensuring performance consistency for every application. Transform your
network today at www.silver-peak.com.
Note: Silver Peak and the Silver Peak logo are trademarks of Silver Peak
Systems, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered
trademarks, or registered service marks are the property of their
1 Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2013–2017,
2 Communications Hubs Improve WAN Performance,
Gartner, May 12, 2014
3 Is MPLS Dead?, Gartner,
June 17, 2013
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