The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-12-08T22:22:30Z Verizon Business expands its SD WAN portfolio with the addition of Silver Peak 2020-12-08T22:22:30Z verizon-business-expands-its-sd-wan-portfolio-with-the-addition-of-silver-peak 9 December 2020 – Verizon Business is expanding its Software Defined-Wide Area Network (SD WAN) portfolio to include the Silver Peak® Unity EdgeConnect™ edge platform as a managed service offering. Recently acquired by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, the addition of the Silver Peak EdgeConnect platform to Verizon’s SD WAN portfolio provides enterprises with new optionality to transition to an SD WAN with integrated WAN Optimisation environment for the management of business applications. “There’s a transformative shift in the way that enterprises are looking to manage their WAN edge architecture, particularly in the context of today’s business climate. Legacy networks simply can’t keep up with the requirements of today’s cloud-first enterprises and the addition of the Silver Peak EdgeConnect platform to Verizon’s SD WAN portfolio is yet another achievement in driving value to businesses looking for rapid deployment of SD WAN and WAN Optimisation experiences,” said Aamir Hussain, senior vice president of business products at Verizon Business. Verizon’s SD WAN portfolio helps customers accelerate network transformation with advanced cloud control, centrally orchestrated and turnkey automated service assurance and management that is now integrated with Silver Peak® Unity EdgeConnect™ appliances and SaaS-based controllers to deliver a seamless service experience. In addition, these capabilities can be delivered with other value-added capabilities such as Security, WAN Optimisation and Verizon Wireless Connectivity. “As enterprises continue to advance digital transformation initiatives, many are realising that an intelligent WAN architecture is critical to achieving maximum value from existing and ongoing cloud investments,” said David Hughes, founder of Silver Peak and senior vice president of the WAN business at Aruba. “Enterprises can benefit from Verizon’s industry-leading managed services practice that now includes the Unity EdgeConnect SD WAN edge platform.” Verizon was first to market with a global SD WAN offer and the first to deliver virtualised services globally and was recently recognised as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed SD WAN 2020 Vendor Assessment (Doc #US45837420, August 2020) report. For three years in a row, Gartner has recognised Silver Peak as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure*. Gartner Disclaimer : Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Verizon Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is celebrating its 20th year as one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $131.9 billion in 2019. The company offers voice, data and video services and solutions on its award winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control. About Silver Peak Silver Peak, recently acquired by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. More than 2,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak SD-WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Silver Peak Announces Certified Deployment Partner Program 2020-09-18T01:18:29Z silver-peak-announces-certified-deployment-partner-program Silver Peak enables global partners to achieve new levels of certification to offer enterprise customers turnkey SD-WAN purchase and deployment services Sydney, 18 September 2020 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced a new certified deployment partner (CDP) program, enabling select partners to resell and deploy the Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform to support customer WAN and security transformation initiatives. Among the initial partners to achieve the new sales, technical and deployment certifications is Teneo, which has an office in Australia. Other partners include: CDW, InterVision, INVITE Networks, WWT and Xalient. “Modern enterprises are quickly recognising that their legacy networks are holding them back from realising the full transformational promise of the cloud and many are seeking skilled partners to drive their WAN and security transformation initiatives,” said Dean Vaughan, vice president of sales for Asia Pacific and Japan at Silver Peak. “This provides an unprecedented opportunity for our partners to bring new levels of business value to customers by attaining the training and certifications required to successfully drive SD-WAN deployments. The CDP program is architected to scale both the number of customers we can serve as well as the number of partners that we can enable to build high-growth profitable SD-WAN business practices – it’s a win win for everyone.” Advanced Certifications with Proctored Exams To participate in the CDP program, partners must complete a rigorous training and certification regimen that requires advanced deployment certifications with proctored exams. CDP partner certifications include: SSP – Sales Professional STSP – Technical Sales Professional SPSP – Technical Professional SPSX – Technical Expert SDP – Deployment Professional SDX – Deployment Expert To assure success with customers, CDPs are initially required to partner with a Silver Peak deployment engineer to demonstrate the requisite skill and acumen that spans initial design, deployment plan and post deployment reviews. Teneo Teneo is the visibility expert, providing performance and security insights across the IT landscape. Teneo removes complexity so enterprise customers can clearly see where today’s user experience won’t deliver the desired business outcomes. The Teneo flexible services model gives customers instant access to talent and analytics platforms. As a managed service provider, Teneo optimises the enterprise’s existing technology and builds an IT strategy to drive innovation. Since 2000, Teneo has helped some of the world’s largest companies see new possibilities. “As an expert managed service provider, we are continuously seeking new ways to expand our knowledge base and expertise to better serve our customer,” said Lauren Fortune, chief marketing officer at Teneo. “Becoming a Silver Peak CDP partner enables us to further our ability to solve customers’ most challenging networking problems with an advanced SD-WAN edge solution that applies tomorrow’s logic to seamlessly connect users directly and securely to the applications that fuel business innovation.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. More than 2,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak SD-WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. © 2020 Silver Peak Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Silver Peak, the Silver Peak logo, and all Silver Peak product names, logos, and brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of Silver Peak Systems, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other product names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners. Silver Peak Completes FIPS 140-2 Security Validation Testing for the Business-driven Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN Edge Platform 2020-03-11T03:53:55Z silver-peak-completes-fips-140-2-security-validation-testing-for-the-business-driven-unity-edgeconnect-sd-wan-edge-platform Sydney, 11 March 2020 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced the completion of Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) validation testing from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform. Validation testing of the EdgeConnect extra-small (EC-XS), medium (EC-M) and extra-large (EC-XL) SD-WAN edge appliances was conducted by Advanced Data Security, an accredited FIPS and Common Criteria testing laboratory based in San Jose, California. Upon validation by the cryptographic module validation program (CMVP), these EdgeConnect appliances can be deployed by federal government agencies, including contracted service providers and other organisations that require stringent security standards to protect sensitive information. “We value the opportunity to work with Silver Peak on performing FIPS 140-2 testing of the Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform," said Eugene Polulyakh, general manager at Advanced Data Security. “The laboratory FIPS 140-2 testing of the products was completed successfully, subject to validation by the CMVP. The FIPS 140-2 testing includes analysis of the security architecture, as well as analysis and testing of the cryptographic algorithms implemented by the products to verify compliance with advanced cryptographic standards. The FIPS 140-2 testing of the EdgeConnect platform is a significant step in improving SD-WAN edge infrastructure security.” “Successfully completing FIPS 140-2 validation testing from NIST marks a significant milestone for Silver Peak and the Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform,” said Anusha Vaidyanathan director of product management and security at Silver Peak. “With thousands of production customer deployments around the world, current and prospective customers now have the added confidence that the EdgeConnect platform adheres to the most stringent security requirements of government agencies with its unified security capabilities and seamless integration with leading security partners.” About Advanced Data Security Advanced Data Security, LLC is an independent, third party, accredited computer security laboratory. We conduct accredited FIPS 140-2 Testing, Common Criteria Evaluations, and Cryptographic Algorithm Testing. We are located at the centre of Silicon Valley, in a close proximity to a number of high-tech companies. Our team members possess unique computer security knowledge and experience they acquired at leading computer security testing and evaluation laboratories and Silicon Valley's premier software and hardware companies, including Hewlett-Packard, 3Com, HiFn, Cylink and others. For more information visit adseclab.com. About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Silver Peak Delivers Cloud-Scale Innovation; Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN Edge Platform Powers Global SD-WAN Deployments to 10,000 Sites and Beyond 2019-12-11T04:03:28Z silver-peak-delivers-cloud-scale-innovation-unity-edgeconnect-sd-wan-edge-platform-powers-global-sd-wan-deployments-to-10-000-sites-and-beyond Sydney, 11 December 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced a series of advancements to the business-driven Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform. New capabilities include multi-fabric orchestration and management, one-click automation with leading cloud services, advanced segmentation and cloud-scale connectivity, enabling the world’s largest cloud-first enterprises to scale, automate and simplify the configuration, deployment and management of a modern WAN edge to 10,000 sites and beyond. “As the digital-transformation initiatives and cloud strategies of large enterprises mature and become increasingly sophisticated, SD-WAN offerings must be capable not only of scaling to accommodate large numbers of sites, but also of providing multi-tenant and segmentation capabilities that the world’s largest enterprise customers demand for control, manageability, and consistent security across multi-cloud environments,” said Brad Casemore, vice president of research, data centre networks at IDC. “With the latest enhancements to its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN platform, Silver Peak is responding to the evolving requirements of its largest enterprise customers.” Cloud-Scale Multi-tenant SD-WAN Orchestration The new Unity Orchestrator™ Global Enterprise management software is designed expressly for large-scale global enterprises with multiple divisions, business units or subsidiaries that each require a dedicated SD-WAN fabric. Each fabric can be individually orchestrated and managed, providing enterprises with centralised network-wide visibility and control, including aggregated observability of the entire network. Orchestrator Global Enterprise key capabilities include: Single sign-on view to all SD-WAN fabrics Secure orchestration-as-a-service Centralised alarm view across all SD-WAN fabrics Fabric independent software versioning, maintenance and upgrade cycles Granular role-based access control for network administrators One-Click Automation with Leading Cloud Services As cloud-first enterprises continue to scale EdgeConnect deployments, they are also seeking to simplify network management through advanced automation. This is particularly true as it relates to configuring, deploying and enforcing consistent security policies across all network locations. Together with ecosystem security partners Zscaler and Check Point Software, network administrators can now automate the configuration of IPsec tunnels from branch locations to the nearest cloud-delivered security Point of Presence (POP) with a single drag and drop click within the Silver Peak Unity Orchestrator™ management interface. This level of advanced one-click automation now extends to public cloud workloads hosted in Microsoft Azure IaaS instances, enabling network managers to automatically identify, classify and onboard Azure-destined traffic to the nearest Microsoft Virtual WAN on-ramp in proximity to each branch location, assuring the highest quality of experience for application users. This combination of advanced one-click automation ensures consistent security and application policy enforcement across all WAN locations, reducing configuration time from hours to minutes and making IT more responsive to the business. Advanced Segmentation for the Cloud-first Enterprise Silver Peak has reimagined virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) for the modern cloud-first enterprise, thoughtfully unifying advanced segmentation capabilities into the EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform. New VRF capabilities tie seamlessly with existing zone-based stateful firewall and Network Address Translation (NAT) capabilities, enabling network managers to apply advanced segmentation to routes and application traffic with just a few mouse clicks within the Orchestrator management interface. Network managers can now configure and manage separate addressing, routing and security policies consistently across end-to-end segments and micro-segments for traffic traversing large-scale multinational enterprises and federations of independent companies. Advanced segmentation eliminates the arduous task of manually stitching together VRF, firewall and NAT policies in a consistent manner, dramatically simplifying the management of diverse scenarios and providing unprecedented flexibility when contending with overlapping IP address spaces. Cloud-Scale 25G Connectivity The EdgeConnect Extra Large (EC-XL) regional hub and data centre 1U appliance is now orderable with up to six dual 10G/25G interfaces, aligning with an industry transition from 10G to 25G and enabling cloud-first enterprises to scale in line with increasing premises bandwidth requirements. “As global enterprises shift IT spending toward modern cloud applications and services, many are coming to the realisation that a no-compromise WAN transformation strategy is required to achieve a multiplier effect on these investments,” said Damon Ennis, senior vice president of products at Silver Peak. “The Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform, with today’s expanded capabilities, is uniquely engineered to address the changing requirements of cloud-first enterprises, enabling them to scale, automate and extend SD-WAN deployments across multiple fabrics and cloud instances, while maintaining centralised control and complete observability of the WAN.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Silver Peak Named a Leader for the Second Consecutive Year in the Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure 2019-12-04T22:30:00Z silver-peak-named-a-leader-for-the-second-consecutive-year-in-the-gartner-2019-magic-quadrant-for-wan-edge-infrastructure Sydney, 5 December 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced it has been positioned for the second consecutive year in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. “We are proud to be named a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for the second year in the fast-moving market for WAN edge infrastructure, in which we’ve seen a growing movement of companies transforming their WAN edge infrastructure to underpin and accelerate digital transformation and cloud initiatives,” said David Hughes, founder and CEO of Silver Peak. “With more than 1,500 production enterprise customers having successfully deployed our Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform, Silver Peak is focused exclusively on enabling our customers to execute a no-compromise WAN transformation strategy that delivers a multiplier effect on existing and ongoing investments in cloud applications and services.” According to Gartner, “WAN edge infrastructures are undergoing major changes as infrastructure and operations leaders responsible for networking face dynamic and expanding business demands. I&O leaders must identify vendors that address the requirement to support applications with on-premises and cloud-based deployments.” New Era, New Foundation, the Emergence of the Modern WAN With the majority of applications having already moved to the cloud, there has been a seismic shift from dedicated to shared public infrastructure and an acknowledgement that legacy networks are unable to keep pace. Without a modern WAN, enterprises are unable to realise the full benefits from their cloud investments as downtime and degraded service can impair business productivity and impact revenue. No-Compromise WAN Transformation Stretching existing router or firewall centric architectures or deploying basic SD-WAN capabilities won’t yield a multiplier effect on cloud investments. A no-compromise WAN transformation strategy is required to successfully accelerate digital transformation and cloud initiatives. At Silver Peak, we believe there are six foundational principles for true WAN transformation: Retiring legacy – eliminating the need for legacy routers, firewalls and costly dedicated MPLS networks Running on any transport – confidently running the entire enterprise on shared, public broadband, even voice and video Eliminating SLA tradeoffs – delivering the performance, quality of experience and security for 1,000s of cloud applications and services Automating everything – auto-deploying applications and policies to 1,000s of sites and centrally orchestrating changes in alignment with business requirements Advancing security – shifting from dedicated hardware-centric firewalls at each location to cloud-delivered security and applying end-to-end segmentation to reduce the attack surface Freedom of choice – leveraging partners with best-in-class technologies, enabling one-click integration and delivering a superior combined solution with the highest quality of experience A Modern Business-Driven SD-WAN Edge Platform The Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform uniquely liberates cloud-first enterprises from the limitations of conventional network approaches by shifting to a business-first networking model. EdgeConnect replaces routers, unifying SD-WAN, firewall, segmentation, routing, WAN optimisation and application visibility and control in a single platform, centrally managed with Unity Orchestrator™. EdgeConnect is engineered to continuously learn and adapt to changing business requirements to deliver the highest quality of experience to enterprise users and IT organisations. Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure authors: Jonathan Forest, Mark Fabbi, Mike Toussaint and Neil Rickard. Published November 26, 2019. Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Silver Peak Announces Integration with New Amazon Web Services Transit Gateway Network Manager 2019-12-03T22:00:00Z silver-peak-announces-integration-with-new-amazon-web-services-transit-gateway-network-manager-1 4 December 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), integrating the business-driven Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform with the new AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager. This will provide a solution that enables enterprises to manage and monitor connectivity between AWS and their branch locations from a single console within AWS. Through this seamless integration, cloud-first enterprises can now create a single global view of cloud and network resources and centrally monitor and manage connectivity from branch and remote locations to cloud resources wherever they reside. “We are pleased to expand our collaboration with AWS, announcing integration between the Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform and the new AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager,” said David Hughes, founder and CEO of Silver Peak. “The new AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager will enable customers to centrally monitor and manage connectivity from on-premise EdgeConnect deployments to network devices on AWS, providing a global view of network telemetry, events and changes to deliver the highest quality of experience to branch and remote site users.” Seamless integration and connectivity As enterprises migrate an increasing number of applications, services and infrastructure to the cloud, they are rapidly deploying SD-WAN to realise the benefits of broadband connectivity and to directly connect branch site users to cloud resources. Many are challenged with the complexities of building and managing global private networks using internet transport services to connect geographically distributed locations and users with proximity-based cloud resources. AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager changes this paradigm. Now, Silver Peak customers that use AWS can quickly set up a global view of their private networks by importing AWS objects and defining on-premise resources within a centralised gateway manager. By integrating Unity EdgeConnect branch and remote site SD-WAN deployments with AWS Transit Gateway Network Manager, network managers can create a single consolidated global view of all sites and connections between AWS and their on-premise locations, gaining visibility into network changes, events, and health telemetry to deliver the highest quality of experience for users. A modern cloud-first SD-WAN edge platform The Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform uniquely liberates cloud-first enterprises from the limitations of conventional network approaches by shifting to a business-first networking model. EdgeConnect replaces routers, unifying SD-WAN, firewall, segmentation, routing, WAN optimization and application visibility and control in a single platform, centrally managed with Unity Orchestrator™. EdgeConnect is engineered to continuously learn and adapt to changing business requirements to deliver the highest quality of experience to enterprise users and IT organisations. About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Silver Peak Announces Distribution Agreement with Westcon-Comstor in Australia and New Zealand 2019-11-05T22:00:00Z silver-peak-announces-distribution-agreement-with-westcon-comstor-in-australia-and-new-zealand-1 Sydney – 6 November 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced an Australian and New Zealand distribution agreement with Westcon-Comstor, a value-added global distributor (VAD) of security, collaboration, infrastructure and data centre solutions. This is an extension of a global distribution partnership announced in 2018. Through its Westcon line of business, the distributor will immediately add the business-driven Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform to its portfolio, enabling resellers throughout Australia and New Zealand to engage with enterprise customers and shift them to a business-first networking model with a single, centrally managed SD-WAN edge platform. “Our new distribution partnership with Westcon-Comstor marks a key milestone in accelerating our business expansion and customer acquisition across Australia and New Zealand,” said Graham Schultz, ANZ regional director for Silver Peak. “Westcon-Comstor is uniquely positioned with its breadth of technical expertise and broad sales network boasting an expansive portfolio of partners across both countries. The company’s substantial global footprint makes things so much easier for our local customers with branches overseas, in terms of deployment and ongoing support.” “Partnering with Silver Peak presents a substantial opportunity for us to offer a business-driven SD-WAN edge platform to resellers and enterprise customers in Australia and New Zealand that directly and securely connects users to SaaS and cloud applications to deliver the highest quality of experience,” said Patrick Aronson, executive vice president, APAC of Westcon-Comstor. “We can now offer value-added distribution of our full portfolio to existing Silver Peak partners, while evangelising the SD-WAN addressable market opportunity to potential new value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators across the region.” A Modern Business-Driven SD-WAN Edge Platform The Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform uniquely liberates cloud-first enterprises from the limitations of conventional network approaches by shifting to a business-first networking model. EdgeConnect replaces routers, unifying SD-WAN, firewall, segmentation, routing, WAN optimisation and application visibility and control in a single platform, centrally managed with Unity Orchestrator™. EdgeConnect is engineered to continuously learn and adapt to changing business requirements to deliver the highest quality of experience to enterprise users and IT organisations. About Westcon Westcon-Comstor is a value-added technology distributor of category-leading solutions in Security, Collaboration, Infrastructure and Data Centre. Westcon-Comstor is transforming the technology supply chain through its global capabilities in Digital Distribution, Services and Global Deployment. It has teams in 50-plus countries, combining expert technical and market knowledge with industry-leading partner enablement programs. Collaborating with its partners in a unique engagement model, Westcon-Comstor strives to deliver an exceptional partner experience to deliver results together. The company goes to market under the Westcon and Comstor brands. About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com Silver Peak Expands Integration with Microsoft Cloud Services; Automates Enterprise Branch Office Connectivity to Office 365 and Azure Virtual WAN 2019-11-04T22:00:00Z silver-peak-expands-integration-with-microsoft-cloud-services-automates-enterprise-branch-office-connectivity-to-office-365-and-azure-virtual-wan Sydney, 5 November 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, announced expanded product integration with Microsoft cloud services. Today’s expanded integration enables enterprise IT organisations to centrally define workflows within Unity Orchestrator™ to automate direct branch connectivity to Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure across deployments of the business-driven Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform. These advancements allow cloud-first enterprises to deliver the highest quality of application experience to branch users, dramatically simplify network operations for IT and ultimately achieve a multiplier effect on Microsoft cloud investments. Advanced automation for Microsoft Office 365 As cloud-first enterprises embrace leading productivity tools like Office 365, IT organisations are tasked with delivering the highest levels of performance to achieve the full productivity benefit. To help enterprises deliver the best Office 365 experience, Microsoft has defined a set of connectivity best practices for connecting branch office users over the internet to the closest Office 365 service front door. The Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform is now fully integrated with Office 365 IP address and URL web services, providing default support for Microsoft connectivity best practices. This new expanded integration extends the value of advanced capabilities like First-packet iQ™ application classification and local DNS resolution (for Office 365 endpoints), allowing EdgeConnect to identify and classify Office 365 application traffic on the first packet and now automatically directs it to the nearest Office 365 endpoint. Directing traffic to the nearest endpoint significantly reduces round trip latency for the full suite of Office 365 applications, assuring the highest levels of performance. Automating branch connectivity to Azure Virtual WAN For enterprises migrating applications from the corporate data centre to the cloud, Microsoft Azure offers a compelling value proposition. The Azure cloud infrastructure spans Microsoft’s worldwide footprint of global data centres, hubs and entry points interconnected over Microsoft’s private high-performance global network. The Azure Virtual WAN service provides an API-driven software-defined paradigm that enables Unity Orchestrator to perform per-branch geolocation of the closest Azure hub, and then automatically establish, monitor and maintain IPsec tunnels from each branch location into Azure. This ensures that application traffic traverses the shortest distance possible on the public internet before merging onto the Azure backbone. Using the Silver Peak cloud API, network administrators can now establish and automate integration workflows within Unity Orchestrator, enabling joint customers to build optimised network access to workloads and resources hosted in Azure VNETs, fully leveraging the performance advantages of the Microsoft global backbone network. “Virtually all Silver Peak customers rely on a combination of Microsoft products and cloud services, and the expanded integration announced today enables our joint customers to maximise user experience with Office 365 and Azure,” said Dean Vaughan, vice president of sales for Asia Pacific and Japan at Silver Peak. “Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to customers to deliver a portfolio of API-driven integrations to automate connectivity to the most widely deployed, business-critical cloud applications and services from recognised leaders like Microsoft.” “Silver Peak integration enables our joint customers to easily and securely enable direct and local Internet connectivity for key Office 365 experiences across enterprise branches,” said Bill Baer, senior product marketing manager, Office 365 at Microsoft. “Such local and direct connectivity model is critical for achieving optimal users experience with performance sensitive SaaS applications, such as Office 365, and we are pleased to see Silver Peak advancing its EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution to enable it. In addition, customers looking to simplify branch connectivity and extend application workloads on Microsoft Azure can enjoy seamless connectivity to Azure with the Silver Peak integrated Azure Virtual WAN solution.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Silver Peak Surpasses 1,500 Production Customer Milestone for the Business-Driven Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN Edge Platform 2019-10-01T22:00:00Z silver-peak-surpasses-1-500-production-customer-milestone-for-the-business-driven-unity-edgeconnect-sd-wan-edge-platform-1 SYDNEY, October 2, 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today surpassed 1,500 customer deployments of the industry leading Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform, just four years from the first customer shipments in August, 2015. Today’s milestone underscores the Silver Peak commitment to customers to deliver a business-driven SD-WAN edge platform that combines the agility and economics of public infrastructure with the control and reliability of dedicated resources. Silver Peak uniquely enables enterprises to achieve a multiplier effect on cloud investments to realize substantial gains in business responsiveness and agility. Production customer deployments span all market segments and geographies from distributed enterprises with tens to hundreds to thousands of sites served by an expanding number of enterprise channel partners including Insight, SHI, Teneo and World Wide Technology to customers deploying fully managed SD-WAN services offered by Silver Peak service provider partners. New EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform customers include: MinterEllison, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Citrin Cooperman, eSilicon, Farrer & Co, First Bank, HFF, a JLL Company, MidSouth Bank, SAM, and The Vitec Group. “At Silver Peak, our enduring focus, from the beginning, has always been simple - we help customers to build better WANs,” said David Hughes, founder and CEO at Silver Peak. “At Silver Peak we are uniquely qualified to help our customers successfully execute the kind of WAN transformation that yields a multiplier effect on cloud investments to advance digital transformation and fuel competitive edge.” A Rich Pedigree of WAN Innovation Silver Peak was founded in 2004 on the principle of building the best WAN acceleration technologies in the business. Fast forward 15 years and 50+ WAN patents, Silver Peak has gained unrivaled expertise through this singular focus on modern WAN innovation. Often innovating well ahead of the market, Silver Peak remains at the forefront of WAN innovation, delivering a range of industry-first milestones: WAN Optimization Era (2004-2014) Centralized orchestration, Global Management System (GMS) Multi-gigabit WAN acceleration appliances Enterprise-grade virtualized WAN acceleration appliances Pay as you go, monthly subscription-based licensing model Parallel tunnels, multi-pathing and dynamic application steering WAN Transformation Era (2015-2019) Unity EdgeConnect, a centrally managed unified SD-WAN edge platform First-packet iQ™, automatically identifies, classifies and steers applications Zone-based segmentation from the LAN to the WAN to the LAN and Data Center Certified across all leading public clouds (Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Oracle) Automation+, with leading cloud security partners: Zscaler and Check Point MinterEllison Established in 1827, MinterEllison is an international law firm, headquartered in Australia and regarded as one of Asia Pacific's premier law firms. The company has more than 250 partners, 1,000 legal staff and a headcount of more than 2,500. The firm has offices throughout Australia, the UK and Asia – Hong Kong, China and Mongolia. MinterEllison practices in every part of law, except criminal and acts on behalf of ASX50 companies. “We’re executing a high-level digital transformation initiative to modernise our 192-year old law firm and improve the user experience of our lawyers around the world as we move towards a cloud-first model,” said Nathan MacGregor, head of IT Infrastructure at MinterEllison. “To achieve our transformation with the legacy network architecture we had in place wasn’t feasible. Our network requires high availability and is mission critical – any downtime for lawyers is money. Our deployment of the Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform has become a key enabler of our transformation, giving us a platform to be more agile, improve our speed to market and start migrating more processes and applications to the cloud, without affecting the experience of our users.” Farrer & Co Headquartered in London, England, Farrer & Co is one of the longest established and most respected independent law firms in the world, serving individuals, families, businesses, financial services, educational and not-for-profit organizations. With a history that dates back more than 300 years to 1701, Farrers has provided legal counsel and services for many prominent historical figures, including Kings and Queens of England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom. Farrers prides itself on providing sound legal advice to the most complex and varied challenges drawing upon in-depth knowledge, technical excellence, and diversity of disciplines. “Embracing a cloud-first strategy has proven central in our ability to deliver on the 24/7 expectations of our clients, embrace innovative new technologies like artificial intelligence and assure the business continuity of our firm,” said Neil Davison, IT director, Farrer & Co. “Our deployment of the Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform has proven a cornerstone to our strategy, allowing us to shift our IT infrastructure into Microsoft Azure and transform how the applications and resources supporting our legal services are delivered and managed. We are now well on our way toward realizing the full promise of the cloud.” First Bank Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, First Bank is a full-service bank offering deposit and loan accounts, mortgage services and wealth management for residential and business customers through 94 branch locations across Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and California. Established in 1910, First Bank is one of the largest family-owned banks in the US. “With a mantra of providing responsive personalized service to customers, First Bank has fully embraced digitalization, building a hybrid cloud IT infrastructure to run everything from our core banking platform and voice system to mortgage applications and Office 365, making the deployment of technology a critical aspect of our business success,” said Marc Ashworth, senior vice president, chief information security officer at First Bank. “To deliver the highest quality of experience to our employees and customers, we required a business-driven SD-WAN edge platform, one that could assure application performance, security and reliability across our 168 branch and ATM locations. With Silver Peak, we’ve turned our network into a business enabler that allows us to deliver on our commitments to employees, customers and our IT organization, providing us with a platform to support our cloud strategy go-forward.” The Vitec Group With its head offices in Richmond, UK, The Vitec Group is a leading global provider of premium-brand products and solutions for the fast-growing “image capture and content creation” market. Vitec’s customers include broadcasters, film studios, photographers, enterprises, and independent content creators (ICCs) for which the company designs, manufactures, and distributes a wide range of high-performance products, including camera supports, camera-mounted electronic accessories, robotic camera systems, prompters, LED lights, mobile power, monitors, bags, motion control, smartphone accessories, and noise reduction equipment. “The ability to extend our Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN deployment into the cloud was essential to us, we wanted to deliver a seamless experience for users connecting to applications whether they reside in the data center or in the cloud,” said Ben Skinner, head of corporate networks and infrastructure, The Vitec Groups plc. “We now have the added benefit of complete observability of our WAN, streamlining day to day management with Unity Orchestrator™, and freeing our senior IT people to focus on more strategic projects that will move our business forward.” # # # About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. © 2019 Silver Peak Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Silver Peak, the Silver Peak logo, and all Silver Peak product names, logos, and brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of Silver Peak Systems, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other product names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners. Silver Peak and NSC Announce Global Partnership; Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN Edge Platform to Underpin New Managed SD-WAN Services 2019-06-05T22:30:00Z silver-peak-and-nsc-announce-global-partnership-unity-edgeconnect-sd-wan-edge-platform-to-underpin-new-managed-sd-wan-services Sydney, 6 June 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced a new partnership with NSC, expanding its global IT services portfolio with new managed SD-WAN services powered by the business-driven Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform. NSC now serves as a single source provider, offering professional SD-WAN deployment services, white-label managed SD-WAN services to tier one and multi-national service providers, as well as turnkey managed SD-WAN services to new and existing enterprise clients. NSC is uniquely positioned to deliver the highest quality of service to a rapidly expanding base of global clients. The new Silver Peak-based managed SD-WAN services are available immediately to NSC enterprise and service provider clients and partners in 180 countries around the world. Enterprise clients benefit from unrivaled service agility with turnkey managed SD-WAN services powered by the business-driven EdgeConnect platform deployed as a single virtual network function (VNF) running on multi-purpose universal CPE devices deployed at sites across their networks. Service providers can now offer metered white-label managed SD-WAN services to enterprise clients with the same deployment model agility and flexibility. “By partnering with Silver Peak, we can expand our global SD-WAN deployment services practice, offer a white-label managed SD-WAN service to our service provider clients and offer new and existing enterprise clients turnkey managed SD-WAN services,” said Sascha Groeger, chief commercial officer for NSC. “For service provider clients, this means they can fast-track managed SD-WAN service offerings to accelerate new revenue opportunities. And for enterprise clients, this means they can quickly transition to SD-WAN and accelerate cloud and digital transformation initiatives to achieve greater business agility and productivity. We’re excited to partner with Silver Peak to bring the power of EdgeConnect to our clients around the world.” NSC all-inclusive managed SD-WAN services encompass: Pre-sales, advisory and consulting Procurement, hardware and software, purchase or lease Staging and provisioning, device and circuit testing and management Deployment, install, turn-up, test and lifecycle management 24x7x365 monitoring and break-fix, capacity analysis and reporting Network and application performance monitoring, management and reporting Expedited moves, adds, changes and deletes (MACD) Business-driven SD-WAN edge platform The Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN platform simplifies and consolidates the network edge, offering: Unified SD-WAN, security, routing and WAN optimisation Centralised orchestration and management Granular application visibility and control Freedom to employ any combination of WAN transport Flexible deployment models, hardware, software and cloud “Our partnership with NSC brings together a powerful combination of flexible, tailored IT services with the industry’s only business-driven SD-WAN edge platform, effectively raising the bar on service agility and flexibility for our mutual enterprise and service provider customers around the world,” said Michael O’Brien, vice president of partner sales for Silver Peak. “NSC can now accelerate post sale SD-WAN deployments with its partners, deliver turnkey white-label managed SD-WAN services to its service provider clients and offer new and existing enterprise clients turnkey managed SD-WAN services. Together with NSC, we are radically simplifying the way wide area networks are built and managed.” About NSC NSC is a leading global professional services and managed resourcing provider of information and communication technology, partnering with world-class organisations to deliver unrivalled agility and service excellence. NSC operates in 180+ countries with a network of 4,500+ Partner Resources. Combining more than 20 years of managed network experience with technology from leading SD-WAN providers, NSC is helping lead its customers in the Software-Defined Digital Revolution. Learn more at nsc.com About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Silver Peak Appoints Dean Vaughan Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific and Japan 2019-03-20T22:30:00Z silver-peak-appoints-dean-vaughan-vice-president-of-sales-for-asia-pacific-and-japan Sydney, 21 March 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced the appointment of Australian Dean Vaughan as vice president of sales for Asia Pacific and Japan. Based in Singapore, Dean is responsible for accelerating business expansion and customer acquisition through the company’s enterprise and service provider channels across the region, spanning Asia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. "Our primary goal across Australia and New Zealand is to liberate organisations from the compromises of router-centric and basic SD-WAN approaches to transform their networks into a business accelerant,” said Graham Schultz, regional director for ANZ at Silver Peak. “Dean’s cross-regional executive leadership will be invaluable as we continue to expand and drive our local partner ecosystem and deliver value to our growing base of customers.” Today’s executive appointment dovetails a series of executive leadership and channel partner program announcements that underscore the company’s strategy to recruit the industry’s best talent as it pursues market leadership in the hyper-competitive market for SD-WAN edge infrastructure. “It’s an exciting time to join Silver Peak as geographically distributed enterprises across the Asia Pacific and Japan region turn to SD-WAN as a means to drive cloud and digital transformation initiatives,” said Dean Vaughan, vice president of sales for Asia Pacific and Japan at Silver Peak. “My immediate task is to put in place the best go-to-market strategy and team to lead Silver Peak forward, empowering customers across the region with our business-driven Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform.” Dean Vaughan is a 22-year industry veteran with a proven track record in building winning sales teams. Prior to joining Silver Peak, Vaughan served in various enterprise technology sales leadership positions at Oracle since 2009, most recently as senior director of Cloud Platform Solutions for ASEAN. In a short period of time, he significantly expanded the company’s public cloud IaaS and PaaS businesses. During his time at Oracle, Vaughan also established and scaled the Oracle Virtualisation and Linux business units in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, he oversaw the Cloud Infrastructure business unit for Asia Pacific and Japan, delivering consistent double-digit annual growth by expanding the business to India, Korea and Japan and restructuring the business in China, ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Oracle, Vaughan built NCR Corporation’s Cisco Systems Network Integration business across Asia Pacific. “Dean is a strong and seasoned leader who will enable us to capitalise on the unprecedented wave of SD-WAN demand across Asia Pacific and Japan,” said Ken Laversin, chief revenue officer at Silver Peak. “Dean’s demonstrated expertise in growing multiple businesses across the region, and his in-depth knowledge of the enterprise and channel market, will enable Silver Peak to accelerate business expansion and customer acquisition. This will further entrench the business as the global SD-WAN leader delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with the industry’s first self-driving wide area network.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. # # # Media Contacts: Einsteinz Communications for Silver Peak Richelle Gillette and Emma Keen +61-2-8905 0995 silverpeak@einsteinz.com.au Silver Peak Expands Cloud Partner Ecosystem; EdgeConnect SD-WAN Edge Platform Now Fully Certified for Deployment in Google Cloud 2019-01-22T23:11:05Z silver-peak-expands-cloud-partner-ecosystem-edgeconnect-sd-wan-edge-platform-now-fully-certified-for-deployment-in-google-cloud Sydney, 23 January 2019 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced that the business-driven Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN platform is now fully certified for deployment in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace. Geographically distributed enterprises can now confidently execute multi-cloud strategies with the same network and application availability and resiliency they’ve come to expect from their EdgeConnect branch site deployments. Silver Peak now boasts the broadest public cloud service partner ecosystem in the industry adding Google Cloud to existing partners Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Fulfilling the Benefits of a Multi-Cloud Strategy According to LogicMonitor’s Cloud Vision 2020 study, more than 80 percent of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020, with more than 40 percent running on public cloud platforms. With today’s announcement, enterprise customers now benefit from the ability to host EdgeConnect across any combination of the four leading public cloud services platforms with the same ease of deployment, feature and license parity, as well as the performance and efficiency they’ve come to expect from Silver Peak. Enterprises realise a range of compelling business benefits: Consistent deployment branch to cloud: Seamless support for cloud deployments enables enterprises to extend the reach of their SD-WAN deployments into virtual private cloud environments to deliver the highest quality of experience for SaaS applications and IaaS instances. EdgeConnect cloud instances appear and perform like any other EdgeConnect node on the network. Ruggedised last mile broadband for cloud connectivity: Enterprises can now leverage EdgeConnect cloud instances to achieve reliable internet access using last mile broadband services. With advanced features and capabilities, EdgeConnect ensures QoS over broadband to provide fast and reliable connections to the cloud provider’s internet peering point. For hosted voice (UCaaS) or business-critical SaaS services, enterprises can backhaul that traffic to the cloud-hosted EdgeConnect for handoff to the cloud provider’s backbone and out to the internet, delivering the highest quality of experience for that select traffic across the “last mile” – in this use from branch sites to the cloud. Cloud flexibility and investment protection: Enterprises in the early stages of formalising public cloud strategies can confidently migrate on premise IT resources to any combination of the four leading public cloud platforms, knowing their cloud-hosted instances will be fully supported by the business-first EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform. More advanced cloud connected enterprises that already interwork cloud-to-cloud deployments benefit from leveraging the full power of the Silver Peak cloud ecosystem to consistently execute multi-cloud strategies. Multi-cloud Flexibility: Enterprises now have choice in public cloud platforms, making it easier to initiate multi-cloud deployments and distribute resources across multiple cloud providers, deploying the best or most economical services from any combination of cloud providers. With EdgeConnect and the optional WAN optimisation performance pack, Unity Boost™, enterprises can accelerate data access, dramatically reduce the amount of data transferred and optimise application performance between cloud instances. “Silver Peak is the only SD-WAN vendor in the industry to partner with all four leading public cloud platform providers, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle,” said Chris Helfer, senior vice president of strategic alliances at Silver Peak. “Enterprise customers gain choice and control in how they execute multi-cloud strategies in alignment with their business requirements. By harnessing the full power of the Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform, they can deliver the highest quality of experience to their users whether applications or services are hosted in their own data centres or across any combination of leading public cloud provider’s data centres.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Silver Peak Names Three New Senior Executives to Accelerate Growth Strategy 2018-12-05T01:10:44Z silver-peak-names-three-new-senior-executives-to-accelerate-growth-strategy SYDNEY, Australia - December 5, 2018 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network, today announced three new senior executive appointments to lead the company through its next phase of growth and expansion. The new appointments include: Ken Laversin, Chief Revenue Officer Kathleen Swift, Senior Vice President, Human Resources Rick Valentine, Chief Customer Officer Today’s executive appointments, which follow a series of regional and channel leadership appointments, will enable Silver Peak to accelerate business expansion and sales through its enterprise and service provider channels, recruit and retain the industry’s best talent and enhance customer engagement, satisfaction and retention as the company pursues market leadership in the hyper-competitive SD-WAN edge infrastructure market. “We have an enormous opportunity to establish Silver Peak as the SD-WAN market leader, enabling our customers to realise the full transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network,” said David Hughes, founder and chief executive officer of Silver Peak. “To be number one, we must move quickly and aggressively to seize the day. Seasoned leaders with proven track records like Ken, Kathleen and Rick will enable us to rapidly expand our go-to-market, scale our organisation and deliver the highest quality of experience to our customers, underscoring our commitment to winning in the market.” Ken Laversin, a 20-year Silicon Valley veteran, joins Silver Peak as chief revenue officer, leading the global sales, channels and revenue generating teams worldwide. Prior to Silver Peak, Laversin served as senior vice president of worldwide sales and alliances at Jasper Technologies during their hyper-growth phase and subsequent acquisition by Cisco in 2016. At Cisco, Laversin led global IoT software sales for the Cisco Jasper business unit. Laversin began his career in sales roles at Siebel Systems, which was acquired by Oracle In 2006. At Oracle, he served as vice president of North American sales for the company’s BSS/OSS service provider software division. Laversin’s proven experience in scaling global sales teams, coupled with his knowledge of successfully executing go-to-market partnerships within the communications service provider market, will help Silver Peak to accelerate revenue growth and expand the company’s global SD-WAN leadership position. Laversin holds a bachelor of science degree in economics and political science from the University of Arizona. “Silver Peak is on an amazing growth trajectory as an early leader in the SD-WAN market and I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to lead the company’s global sales and channels teams forward,” said Ken Laversin, chief revenue officer at Silver Peak. “To fuel business expansion, I will initially focus on four key areas; expanding service provider partnerships and go-to-market initiatives, doubling the global sales and channel organisations by hiring the best and brightest people, standardising sales processes and accelerating global partner programs and enablement.” Kathleen Swift joins Silver Peak as senior vice president of human resources, leading all aspects of talent acquisition, organisational development, total rewards, employee engagement and retention. Previously, Swift served as vice president of global human resources for Ruckus Wireless. Prior to joining Ruckus, Swift served as the vice president of human resources at Complete Genomics, Opnext, Extreme Networks and Terayon. Swift also served in human resources roles at Avanex, Com21, Questlink and Hitachi. Swift holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors from the California State University at Chico and spent a year studying overseas at Lincoln University in New Zealand. “With nearly 100 active job openings across the organisation, my initial focus will be attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest talent in the industry to scale Silver Peak in line with demands of our growth,” said Kathleen Swift, senior vice president of human resources at Silver Peak. “Our long-term success will also depend on staying true to our cultural values of being approachable, humble, and knowing that we’re at our best when we’re rethinking the possible and delivering on our promise to customers to seamlessly connect people to applications.” Rick Valentine joins Silver Peak as chief customer officer, leading all aspects of customer success, satisfaction and retention, currently representing more than 3,000 customers around the world. Prior to Silver Peak, Valentine served as chief customer officer at Symantec Inc./Veritas Software leading customer success for the technical support software portfolio spanning consumer and enterprise customers across 11 global locations and 15+ languages, including a team of 1,500 worldwide associates. Prior to that, Valentine served as general manager of employee management solutions at Intuit and vice president and general manager of Sage SaaS and Cloud services at Sage Software. Earlier, Valentine served in various executive assignments at Major Account Payroll Service, National Account Services and ADP. Valentine is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University. “Rarely does a company benefit from a trifecta of having the right technology at the right time in the market and the right customers ready to embrace the cloud and transform the way they connect people to applications,” said Rick Valentine, chief customer officer at Silver Peak. “Silver Peak is in an enviable position in the SD-WAN market and my focus will be on making it as easy as possible for customers to do business with us and ensuring that we deliver the highest quality of customer experience in the industry. The success of our customers is our number-one business priority.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Contact Richelle Gillett Einsteinz Communications +61 2 8905 0995 richelle@einsteinz.com.au # # # Silver Peak Doubles Down on Global Partner Edge Program to Accelerate Partner Engagement, Enablement and Customer Acquisition 2018-11-06T23:56:11Z silver-peak-doubles-down-on-global-partner-edge-program-to-accelerate-partner-engagement-enablement-and-customer-acquisition Sydney, 7 November 2018 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced a range of sweeping enhancements to the company’s global Partner Edge program. In addition to onboarding seasoned channel executives to lead the organisation forward, the company is making strategic investments to build the industry’s most robust and expansive SD-WAN partner program and equip partners to drive business opportunity and growth in a hyper-growth market that industry analyst firm IDC projects will exceed US$8 billion in 2021. Modern Programs Empower Partners After a thorough review, Silver Peak has aligned its Partner Edge program to be more predictable, while making incentives and value-added offerings easier to obtain for partners. The intent is to shift the focus toward being partner-first by offering clear and concise programs that maximise partner value. New programs include: New partner tier criteria: This foundational program will provide all partners with a clear path to understanding what is required at the Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers. Partners will clearly understand what is required at each tier, including up-front revenue and training objectives. With a more predictable model, partners can tightly align their SD-WAN investments directly to a set of partner rewards, enabling them to see the direct correlation between their investments and revenue growth, margins and profitability. Partner accelerators: This new program, available to Gold and Platinum partners, creates a set of Silver Peak incentives with the sole purpose of rewarding partners that focus on growth initiatives in selling the Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform. Incentives will be introduced every 6 months and offered for a period of 6-to-12 months, enabling partners to plan ahead while opening new routes to expanded revenues. The program spans several reward levels and includes partner level, sales and technical team rewards. Partners realise the direct margin benefit to their company when they shift customers away from shrinking hardware margins toward higher-margin software-defined offerings. Deal edge: A new programmatic approach now available to Gold and Platinum partners, enables Silver Peak inside and field sales teams to pass active leads directly to partners in a highly collaborative manner. Engaging partners from the start provides a more focused and measured approach to teaming in front of customers and makes the sales process more predictable, expediting time to revenue for partners. “The Silver Peak enhanced partner programs and resources are well timed, because as enterprises accelerate their journey to the cloud, they are reassessing their network requirements and shifting toward SD-WAN,” said Tom Cahill, vice president, product and partner management, CDW. “The Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform is a welcome addition to CDW’s portfolio.” “It’s an exciting time to be a Silver Peak partner as the company doubles-down on its partner programs just as enterprises accelerate their journey to the cloud, reassess their network requirements and shift toward SD-WAN,” said Jim Johnson, CTO at Align. “The new program rewards, resources and enablement tools are going to go a long way toward advancing our clients' transition toward a business-first networking model to fully realise the transformational promise of the cloud.” Introductory Partner Accelerators Program: Silver Peak understands that in order to win in the SD-WAN market partners must invest in resources and training. To enable partners to realise the highest level of financial reward in this competitive market, Silver Peak is introducing two new incentives that will be available to Gold and Platinum tier partners immediately. New customer incentive: An incremental margin incentive of up to 10 percent paid to the partner at the close of a new EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform opportunity. This incentive not only includes the first order, but extends to all follow-on business from that customer for 12-months following the initial sale. Fast start incentive: An additional two percent incentive will be paid against all new EdgeConnect customer sales. This incentive is accretive to the 10 percent new customer capture incentive and provides partners with the opportunity to earn up to a 12 percent margin incentive for new customer deployments. “The new Silver Peak Partner Edge channel programs, incentives and enablement tools and resources will enable us to focus even more energy into our strategic partnership with Silver Peak,” said Jason Evans, director of disruptive technology for Wavenet. “We’re confident the new programs and resources will enable the Wavenet team to deliver the Silver Peak market leading EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform to even more stand-out clients, who will join our rapidly growing and impressive set of customer references.” Industry Leading Enablement Tools and Resources To fully support and empower partners, Silver Peak is making investments to expand its best-in-class enablement tools and resources. The company is making the following key updates: Silver Peak Technology Experience Centre: Silver Peak will provide Platinum tier partners with direct access to its unique online platform, enabling partners to quickly proto-type, test and demonstrate the advanced technical features and capabilities of the EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform, reducing the time from customer evaluation to purchase. Refreshed training: Silver Peak has refreshed all its training materials and courses to reflect the latest innovations across the EdgeConnect platform, aiding partners in maintaining the currency of their technical expertise. New training offerings were developed with the busy partner in mind, relying on video and a modular self-paced approach to ease consumption. All training and certification programs are available as self-pace or instructor-led and are complimentary to all partners. Authorised Deployment Partners: The ADP program, announced in August 2018, provides a path for partners to become a certified post sales arm of Silver Peak and offer customers complete turn-key deployment and management services for the EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform. Channel resources: Silver Peak continues to make investments in attracting and hiring the best industry talent to lead its channel sales organisations. In addition, the company has invested in a newly formed field marketing team that will work closely with partners to develop integrated marketing plans to fully leverage the company’s overall investments in marketing. “We are making great strides toward becoming a channel-first company and today’s announcement serves to underscore our commitment to partners, rewarding them for growing their business with Silver Peak and helping them to capitalise on the financial benefits of the SD-WAN market,” said Michael O’Brien, vice president, worldwide channel sales at Silver Peak. “Together with our partners, Silver Peak is liberating enterprises from the compromises and constraints of existing WAN approaches and empowering them to shift to a business-first networking model with the EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform to fully realise the transformational power of the cloud.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader, delivers the transformational promise of the cloud with a business-first networking model. The Unity EdgeConnect™ self-driving wide area network platform™ liberates enterprises from conventional WAN approaches to transform the network from a constraint to a business accelerant. Thousands of globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak WAN solutions across 100 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Silver Peak Recognised as a Leader in New Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure 2018-10-23T22:30:00Z silver-peak-recognised-as-a-leader-in-new-gartner-2018-magic-quadrant-for-wan-edge-infrastructure Sydney, 24 October 2018 – Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network, today announced its position as a Leader in the newly published 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure. According to Gartner, “the market for branch office wide-area network functionality is shifting from dedicated routing, security and WAN optimisation appliances to feature-rich SD-WAN and vCPE platforms. WAN edge infrastructure now incorporates a widening set of network functions, including secure routers, firewalls, SD-WAN, WAN path control and WAN optimisation, along with traditional routing functionality.” “We are proud to be named a Leader in the new Magic Quadrant and believe it’s a direct reflection of the confidence more than 1,000 forward thinking enterprise customers have placed in Silver Peak in the three years since bringing our Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform to market,” said David Hughes, founder and CEO of Silver Peak. “Our ultimate vision is to liberate enterprises from the compromises of yesterday’s WAN approaches with a self-driving wide area network platform that’s designed to deliver the full transformational promise of the cloud.” The imperative: shift to a business-first networking model A sea change is upon us. With the majority of applications having already moved to the cloud, geographically distributed enterprises remain years away from fully realising the benefits of the cloud as they contend with recurring application disruptions and the constraints of router-centric wide area networks. In contrast, Silver Peak enables enterprises to shift to a business-first network model where the network enables the business and every application gets the resources it truly needs. This new model is powered by the Silver Peak self-driving wide area network platform that’s designed as one, centrally orchestrated and utilises machine learning and artificial intelligence to get smarter every day. Unlike today’s router-centric approaches or basic SD-WAN offerings, only Silver Peak delivers across four key market differentiators. Business-driven: With EdgeConnect, the priorities of the business are reflected in the way the network behaves. Performance, security and routing are dictated by top-down centrally orchestrated business policies, not bottoms-up technology constraints. Highest quality of experience: EdgeConnect ensures the highest quality of experience for end users and IT. End-users experience always-consistent and always-reliable application performance. IT reclaims nights and weekends with high availability and resiliency that keeps the WAN operational through transport disruptions or outages. Continuous adaptation: Through advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, EdgeConnect goes beyond basic SD-WAN automation and templates to power a self-driving wide area network that delivers real-time response, eliminating the impact of network disruptions or outages. Adaptive internet breakout and cloud intelligence automatically update changes to cloud applications so users can always connect to any application. Unified platform: EdgeConnect was designed from the ground up to unify SD-WAN, firewall, segmentation, routing, WAN optimisation and application visibility and control in a single platform. With centralised orchestration via Unity Orchestrator™, EdgeConnect provides complete observability of the entire WAN through a single pane of glass. Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure authors: Joe Skorupa, Andrew Lerner, Christian Canales, Mike Toussaint. Published October 18, 2018. Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Silver Peak Silver Peak is the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions. Silver Peak offers a high-performance SD-WAN solution that provides secure and reliable virtual overlays to connect users to applications with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport without compromising application performance. This results in greater business agility and lower costs. More than 3,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across 80 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Contact Richelle Gillett Einsteinz Communications +61 2 8905 0995 richelle@einsteinz.com.au