The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-06-29T00:39:07Z Silver Peak and China Telecom announce global partnership to deliver managed SD-WAN services to multinational enterprises 2017-06-29T00:39:07Z silver-peak-and-china-telecom-announce-global-partnership-to-deliver-managed-sd-wan-services-to-multinational-enterprises SYDNEY, June 29, 2017 – Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, today announced a formal partnership with China Telecom Shanghai Ideal Information Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. to deliver fully managed SD-WAN services based on Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnectSP and Unity Boost to multinational enterprises.   The new managed SD-WAN services enable China Telecom to cost effectively address the international connectivity, performance and security requirements for multinationals based in the PRC seeking to expand out of region. It also enables China Telecom to attract new multinational clients seeking to expand into and across the PRC.   China Telecom evaluated a range of SD-WAN solutions and selected EdgeConnectSP based on the completeness of its advanced features and capabilities - all integrated into a single-device solution - with the added extensibility and seamless integration with the China Telecom NetCare monitoring and management platform.   An additional advantage of the Silver Peak SD-WAN solution is that it enables China Telecom to offer tiered managed SD-WAN services, including SLA-based performance for on-premise and cloud-hosted applications. With the Unity OrchestratorSP multi-tenant orchestration integrated into CT NetCare, China Telecom will have the ability to centrally manage and optimise network and application performance across a complete range of enterprise use cases for existing and new clients.   The Silver Peak partnership and EdgeConnectSP SD-WAN solution provide China Telecom with the expanded global network reach it requires to serve multinational clients with cost effective connectivity, leveraging commodity broadband, while meeting each clients’ unique application service level agreements (SLAs). The partnership enables China Telecom to:   Extend network reach to multi-national corporations around the globe Deliver tiered WAN optimisation services with Unity Boost Provide SaaS optimisation to maintain consistent cloud application performance Assure secure WAN connectivity with best-in-class security alliances Support a broad range of enterprise use cases Offer complete integration with its NetCare network management platform   China Telecom Shanghai Ideal Information Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. will partner with Westcon-Comstor to offer fulfilment and integration services of the underlying Silver Peak EdgeConnectSP SD-WAN solution. Utilising the EdgeConnect RESTful API, Westcon-Comstor has fully integrated EdgeConnectSP into the CT NetCare unified customer network monitoring and management platform. This enables China Telecom to offer real-time and proactive managed SD-WAN service monitoring and management to existing and new clients.   “We are pleased to add managed SD-WAN services to our market leading WAN services portfolio,” said Cao Zheng, manager of network management expert business department, China Telecom Shanghai Ideal Information Industry (Group) Co., Ltd.   “By partnering with the industry leader Silver Peak, we can accelerate growth and expand our customer base by offering cost effective global WAN connectivity to our existing Chinese multinational clients and attract new multinational clients that seek low-cost WAN connectivity across their sites in China. Add to this the integration of EdgeConnectSP into our NetCare platform and we can proactively monitor and manage each client’s SD-WAN service to deliver an exceptional customer support experience.”   “We’re partnering with two industry leaders, Silver Peak and China Telecom, to bring managed SD-WAN services to our joint clients across China and around the world,” said Wilson Ho, managing director, Westcon-Comstor, Asia. “In addition to fulfilment and integration services we will provide an in-country Silver Peak presence and the local expertise to expedite managed SD-WAN service deployments to quickly bring the full power of SD-WAN to our existing and new joint multi-national clients.”   “We are excited to partner with one of the world’s largest service providers, China Telecom, to bring fully managed tiered SD-WAN services to multi-national enterprises that are struggling with management challenges associated with cost effective global connectivity while maintaining WAN performance and security,” said Shayne Stubbs, vice president service provider and cloud, Silver Peak.   “With Westcon-Comstor at the ready to provide turnkey fulfillment and integration services along with a strong in-country presence in China we are confident that we can deliver unprecedented levels of flexibility and value to our joint customers.”  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 2,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across 80 countries. Learn more at www.silver-peak.com.  Contact David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Silver Peak. +61.2.7903 9567davidf@prdeadlines.com.au     Why 2017 signals a change in the value proposition of SD-WAN 2017-06-20T05:05:19Z why-2017-signals-a-change-in-the-value-proposition-of-sd-wan By Zeus Kerravala, for Silver Peak *  SD-WANs have garnered a tremendous amount of interest from companies both large and small as they can significantly lower the costs and complexity of running a WAN. As businesses migrate applications to the cloud, they are increasingly embracing the cost advantages of broadband connectivity to connect users to applications. This is being driven not only by the high cost of private WAN circuits, but because backhauling applications traffic to the data centre is negatively impacting application performance, resulting in frustrated users and sub-optimal productivity. The combination of high costs and poor performance seems like a perfect recipe for market disruption. Cost saving has been the ‘low-hanging fruit’ for SD-WANs from the technology’s inception. Organisations have slashed the cost of connectivity by adopting a wide range of broadband options, including consumer broadband and 4G LTE.  Also, the addition of broadband and subsequent redirection of best-effort traffic can help businesses to push out having to upgrade the MPLS circuits. It’s rare that we see companies cut the amount of bandwidth they’ve purchased, but they certainly could by augmenting their MPLS circuits with broadband. I’ve never liked cost being the primary driver for anything, as it has limited value.  Most organisations could save money on network connectivity by just renegotiating with their MPLS provider a bit harder at renewal time. Also, why go through the work of re-architecting an entire network just to save a few shekels? For large companies with lots of trans-Pacific traffic, the cost savings can be significant, as much as 90 per cent in some cases, but even with that I think there are more important reasons to make the shift to an SD-WAN. It appears that customers are now thinking that way as well. In the most recent ZK Research / Tech Target WAN Survey, we asked the respondents what their top purchase drivers were for SD-WAN. Historically, cost savings was always the top response, but this year it fell to third behind the ‘Need to increase WAN agility’ and ‘Need to shorten provisioning time for new WAN links’.Agility and speed driving SD-WAN deployments To me, this signals two important things. First, and most obvious, is that customers are finally looking past cost savings and thinking bigger picture: looking beyond dollars and cents, which can be difficult to do. With any new technology, it’s easy to make a justification based on cost savings, but ultimately the new technology must be able to do things the old stuff couldn’t. Consider the move from TDM to VoIP. Initially, most of the deployments were done so companies could save money by consolidating two networks down to one. Eventually we figured out we could do several different things such as four-digit dialling across the globe, least-cost routing, soft phones, etc. VoIP not only saved money, but also allowed the company to do things it couldn’t do before. Similarly, an SD-WAN brings a level of agility to the network not seen before, enabling network managers to do cool new things like orchestrate network changes centrally in alignment with application requirements, shift to active-active architectures, make network segmentation easy to implement, or move to a thin branch where all the previously resident branch infrastructure has migrated to the cloud or a regional hub. This change is also reflected in the features that network managers are looking for from their vendors.  The top three responses in the previously-mentioned survey are ‘Dynamic WAN bandwidth aggregation’, ‘Real-time traffic monitoring’ and ‘automated network provisioning’. These all point to network managers saying, “give me a network that is more agile and one that is easier to manage”. There’s one more important aspect to this. Based on my research, 77 per cent of businesses surveyed are in the process of deploying an SD-WAN or have it on the roadmap to be started within the next two years. Most these organisations are thinking about their networks more strategically. The few businesses that are still on the fence about building an SD-WAN, should be asking themselves why? Based on my most recent survey data, the leading companies have already moved past cost savings.  What’s holding you back?*  Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research.   Silver Peak and Hyundai HCN partner to bring managed SD-WAN services to distributed businesses and service providers 2017-05-31T02:04:06Z silver-peak-and-hyundai-hcn-partner-to-bring-managed-sd-wan-services-to-distributed-businesses-and-service-providers SYDNEY, May 31, 2017.  Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, today announced a partnership with Hyundai HCN Co., Ltd. to deliver a new managed SD-WAN service based on Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnectSP and Unity Boost to business customers and service providers across South Korea. The new managed SD-WAN service expands Hyundai HCN’s residential consumer broadband and content services with a new business practice focused on attracting enterprise and service provider clients, making it the first service provider to offer a managed SD-WAN service to the South Korean business market. Hyundai HCN will offer the new managed SD-WAN service directly to new business clients or as a turnkey offering to other service providers seeking to offer expanded services to their business clients across the greater South Korean market. Hyundai HCN and Silver Peak will work with global partner Weston-Comstor to offer fulfilment and integration services of the underlying Silver Peak EdgeConnectSP SD-WAN solution along with complementary security products from technology partner, Palo Alto Networks - enabling new business clients to quickly and easily deploy and consume managed network services that deliver the performance, security and service agility required by geographically distributed enterprises. After evaluating a range of competitive SD-WAN offerings, Hyundai HCN selected Silver Peak EdgeConnectSP based on the maturity of the solution, the breadth of production deployments with more than 400 global customers and counting, and its easy-to-consume advanced security services and simple and scalable pricing and consumption models. An additional advantage of the Silver Peak SD-WAN solution is that it enables service providers such as Hyundai HCN to offer tiered managed SD-WAN services, including SLA-based performance for on premise and cloud-hosted applications. With the Unity OrchestratorSP multi-tenant orchestration, Hyundai HCN will also have the ability to centrally manage and optimise network and application performance for thousands of business customer deployments. “We are excited to expand our business with a new practice focused on the significant untapped business market in South Korea,” said Andy Kim, head of enterprise business and sales, Hyundai HCN Co., Ltd. “Partnering with an industry leader in SD-WAN, Silver Peak, we are confident we can quickly deliver a new managed SD-WAN service to business customers seeking the flexibility to leverage any form of WAN connectivity, including broadband, to connect employees to applications with the performance users expect and their businesses demand.” “We look forward to partnering with Hyundai HCN and Silver Peak to bring a new managed SD-WAN service to distributed enterprises across South Korea,” said Geun Woo Yang, Korean country manager, Weston-Comstor. “By providing fulfilment, integration and value-added services with our joint partners, including Palo Alto Networks, to enterprise customers, we are enabling them to realise the full performance, security and cost savings potential of an advanced SD-WAN solution.” “We are delighted to serve as a foundational partner with Hyundai HCN as they establish a new business practice focused on enterprises and service providers across South Korea and the APAC region,” said Shayne Stubbs, vice president service provider and cloud, Silver Peak. “Having Weston-Comstor at the ready to provide turnkey fulfillment and integration services will enable joint enterprise customers to bring up new managed SD-WAN services with the ease, efficiency and effectiveness they require to drive their businesses forward.”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 2,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across 80 countries. Learn more at www.silver-peak.com.Contact David Frost PR Deadlines, for Silver Peak ANZ. +61.2.7903 9567davidf@prdeadlines.com.au     How SD-WAN makes regional hubs a reality 2017-05-26T01:27:40Z how-sd-wan-makes-regional-hubs-a-reality By Zeus Kerravala for Silver Peak* Debate has raged on for decades over wide area network (WAN) architecture. Hub-and-spoke or fully distributed mesh, which is better?  Hub-and-spoke networks are certainly simpler to design and manage, but the downside is that all branch traffic needs to be backhauled through a central location. Consider an Australian-based company with a branch office in Japan where a user is trying to access a local website. The traffic would need to go from the branch, back to Australia, back to Japan, and then back to Australia, only to be sent off to Japan yet again. This clearly represents an enormous waste of bandwidth and resources, not to mention impaired user productivity. Yet a hub-and-spoke design does have advantages, most notably that all security services can be located in the centralised hub. This means all traffic can be inspected and secured at a single point in the network. The hub-and-spoke design also streamlines other tasks like web filtering, load balancing and caching because all Internet traffic passes through a single location. A fully distributed mesh architecture enables users to access the Internet directly from any branch office, which significantly improves the performance of SaaS applications and enhances productivity.  Because of this, the WAN only carries traffic between the branch and the data centre.  Also, branch-to-branch connections can be created for more efficient peer-to-peer applications, like video conferencing. The downside, is the complexity of provisioning network services.  Each branch office requires its own firewall, IPS system, load balancer, etc. Resident branch services can be deployed as a standalone appliance, virtual service or part of a multi-function appliance, but network managers require the functionality at the point of egress. So on one hand there’s the combination of simplified management, but inefficient use of bandwidth.  On the other hand there’s more efficient use of the network, but operational complexity goes through the roof. What if there were a better way?  A best of both worlds solution perhaps.  Well there is, and it’s called regional hubs.Best of both worlds The concept of a regional hub is that branches are organised into logical ‘regions’ and they connect back to a hub location that is within a certain proximity that makes sense for that group of locations.  For example, an Australian-based business might have a hub in Sydney, as the primary connection point to trans-Asian connections. Or a globally distributed organisation might use Germany as its regional hub for its European locations. In a sense, this architecture is a set of distributed hub-and-spoke sites. All network and security services can be placed in the regional hub so that branch traffic can be efficiently backhauled a short distance away.  The only branch office requirement is a broadband connection (or two for resiliency) and a low cost termination device. Historically, the regional hub wasn’t feasible as the configuration and ongoing management wasn’t any easier than a fully distributed architecture. However, SD-WAN solutions now make this easy to set up and manage.  For example, Silver Peak recently announced enhancements to the Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution,  which now integrates a stateful firewall, SD-WAN, WAN optimisation, BGP routing and other network services.Regional hub implementation simplified An SD-WAN makes regional hubs possible because it operates as an overlay. This enables distributed businesses to connect all the sites to the Internet and then applies automated policies, wherever required and in alignment with business intent.  One of the most significant benefits of using an SD-WAN overlay is that the architecture can be changed without a significant amount of manual overhead.  For example, using the latest technology, if there’s a region that has grown and there’s a need to split it into two regional hubs, it is possible simply to deploy another appliance and point the desired branches to it. Regional hubs are for everyone but when an SD-WAN is deployed, it’s important to look at the underlying architecture and use the agility of the overlay WAN to design a network that is right for the business.    *  Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research     The seven scariest things about legacy WANs 2017-02-21T00:26:43Z the-seven-scariest-things-about-legacy-wans From ancient and creaking architecture, through poor performance and leaking cash on unused bandwidth, to an alarming lack of visibility, there is lots to be scared about with the current state of the wide area network (WAN). According to Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst with ZK Research, writing for Silver Peak, the seven scariest issues relating to legacy WANs are:1.  Built on an old architecture Some people tend to love old things, but technology is an area where this doesn’t pay off. We never see people using bag phones or Palm Pilots, as they don’t work as well as the new devices. So why are businesses running a WAN with an architecture developed 30 years ago? Old things often break, and eventually the legacy WAN is going to crumble in an increasingly digital world.2.  Wasting money on unused bandwidth Legacy WANs protect against outages with ‘active-passive’ technology where the backup connection can be used only when the primary fails. This means businesses have deployed and are managing a link that may never be used. Imagine building a road system where alternate routes can be used only when the main road fails. Each road would need to be overbuilt to accommodate all the traffic. This seems ridiculous but it’s the norm with networking. For many organisations the overspend on bandwidth leads to scary WAN bills.3.  Poor network performance is costly A recent survey run by ZK Research found that workers are 14 per cent less productive because of poor application performance. Application performance is highly dependent on the network, particularly the WAN for cloud applications and workers in branch offices. Poor performance means workers suffer and are less productive which impacts the company’s top and bottom lines. Scary for the network manager.4.  Lack of visibility into network traffic WAN transformation is a hot topic but how can one even begin the process unless there’s an understanding of what applications are running on the network and how much bandwidth they are using. This is critical to being able to set baselines, which has a number of benefits.5.  Network management focus is misdirected People need the right tool for the job. Most network management platforms monitor faults by understanding the state of specific devices. This may seem useful, but networks are built with so much device redundancy that device outages rarely impact the business. The harder problem to solve is performance, where everything on the dashboard shows green but users are having problems. It’s critically important to manage application performance rather than network faults.6.  Security is falling behind An interesting factoid from ZK Research is that 90 per cent of security spend is focused at the perimeter but only 20 per cent of breaches happen at that point. Bigger, more expensive firewalls won’t make organisations more secure as breaches are happening inside the network. A better approach is to use a technology, like software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) that enables secure segments to be created. Then if a breach does occur, the rest of the network is not impacted.7.  Not evolving the WAN  This can lead to the end of the engineer’s career. Since businesses need to move faster, failing to advance the network with new technologies will cause the organisation to fall behind its peers. Network engineers will benefit greatly by leading the transition to a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and keeping their career skills as well as their organisations’ competitive edge. The current state of the network is worrying and a poorly designed network can curtail the productivity of users and network operations. The way to combat all these issues is by implementing the latest technology. An SD-WAN can ward off all the scary things associated with legacy WANs.            How new cloud architectures are changing the WAN landscape 2017-01-30T00:51:03Z how-new-cloud-architectures-are-changing-the-wan-landscape With investment in cloud-based applications spawning a new set of networking needs, businesses are looking beyond legacy wide area network (WAN)-connectivity technologies, such as multi-protocol label switching (MPLS), to address their needs. They are turning to software-defined WAN solutions to resolve many of the shortcomings found in traditional architectures by putting a secure, virtualised overlay on top of the WAN. Currently about 80 per cent of U.S. companies are considering public or private cloud according to IDC, and many are actively building out hybrid cloud strategies. This growth in cloud usage is having a transformational impact on IT resource plans. A recent IDC survey revealed a flip in how IT budgets would be allocated over time. At the time of the survey, respondents were spending 58 per cent of their IT budget on non-cloud architecture and 42 per cent on cloud. They anticipated that usage changing to 44 per cent non-cloud and 56 per cent cloud in the next 24 months. New networking needs are arising. Traditional WAN architectures were designed for efficiency and performance when applications primarily resided in the data centre. With the proliferation of cloud and software-as–a-service (SaaS) applications, traditional means of connecting branches and users to applications needs to change. As enterprises embrace broadband connectivity in favour of, or to complement, MPLS they must also ensure that the WAN delivers consistent performance across all sources of connectivity (e.g., DSL, Cable, LTE and MPLS), visibility and control for legacy and cloud-based applications, and faster service provisioning.Times are changing It’s been nearly two decades since MPLS rose to prominence, replacing frame relay as the preferred WAN solution. MPLS’ reliability combined with its ability to deliver on SLAs helped to drive its ascent. MPLS offered reliable access to data centre-based applications — which were predominant, provided support for branch-to-branch communication for voice and video, and could easily handle the small amount of non-critical Internet traffic that passed through the network. However, in the past five years things have changed dramatically and continue to do so.  Applications are moving to the cloud – the architecture, agility and flexibility that accompany such a transition no longer favour MPLS, which is more rigid, expensive and not optimised for cloud application environments. For example, with MPLS, accessing a cloud-based application follows a very different path from accessing a data centre-based application. While MPLS provides branch users with direct access to an application housed in the data centre, it can create a circuitous and more expensive path for branch users accessing cloud-based applications. In a cloud architecture with an MPLS-based WAN, the traffic must first travel over the MPLS network from the branch office to the data centre before finally going out to the Internet, and then back the same route. This can impair application performance and user productivity, while also increasing costs. According to IDC, 90 per cent of new applications are being developed specifically for the cloud, and this gap will continue to grow and render MPLS increasingly ineffective for connecting users to cloud-based applications. But cost isn’t the only issue. User experience has also become problematic. The challenges of using a traditional MPLS network to connect to cloud-based applications are often recognised when employees are frustrated by application performance at the office and find that accessing the same cloud-based applications from their home-based Internet connection is faster than at the office.Looking beyond MPLS The questions enterprise IT professionals are asking are: Is there a way to leverage broadband for their enterprise WAN to make accessing cloud-based applications more efficient and less expensive? Can they introduce and bond multiple sources of connectivity – MPLS, broadband, LTE and so on — without compromising the high level of reliability, security and performance they expect with their traditional WAN architecture? Finding a solution that combines the flexibility, scalability and cost of broadband with the control and reliability of MPLS seemed impossible. Until now. Enterprises now have a solution called the software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). An SD-WAN resolves many of the shortcomings found in traditional WAN architectures by putting a secure, virtualised overlay on top of the WAN to enable simple, centralised provisioning, application and user visibility, and the ability to bond multiple sources of connectivity simultaneously through dynamic multi-path control. High-performance SD-WAN solutions deliver superior performance regardless of the type(s) of connectivity deployed – all while driving down costs significantly, in some cases by up to 90 per cent. Essentially, an SD-WAN turns the WAN into a geographically distributed LAN, providing the enterprise with a dynamic solution that bonds multiple sources of connectivity, is faster to deploy and can be centrally monitored and managed. Gartner cites four key components of an SD-WAN solution. SD-WANs: 1. Provide a lightweight replacement for traditional WAN routers and are agnostic to WAN transport (e.g., support MPLS, Internet and LTE). 2. Allow for load sharing of traffic across multiple WAN connections in an efficient and dynamic fashion that can be based on business or application policies. 3. Simplify the complexity associated with management, configuration and orchestration of WANs 4.  Must provide secure VPNs and have the ability to integrate additional network services.SD-WAN advantage Not all SD-WANs are created equal. Enterprises should seek a solution that can replace or augment MPLS with broadband Internet to satisfy application performance challenges and couple it with best-in-class optimisation so that users have the same experience no matter where they reside. Security should be enhanced by allowing for micro-segmentation on the WAN. Administrators must be able to determine who should utilise specific connections and what applications are destined to travel across identified routes. Business intent policies can determine what traffic travels across a specific connection, improving security and helping to achieve compliance requirements through segmentation. Where none exist, the solution should constantly re-evaluate and choose the most efficient path. Silver Peak leverages best-in-class technology to optimise broadband, ensuring private-line-like performance and enabling real-time applications such as video and voice over without compromising quality of service (QoS). A prime solution can: Remove the pain of building and provisioning an MPLS network that can take weeks, or sometimes months, to connect users at multiple branches to mission-critical applications. With zero-touch deployment, effectively leverage 4G LTE initially so that a new branch office is up and running in minutes. Wired Internet or MPLS can then be addressed at a later stage when contracts are finalised and IT time allocated. Polices and provisions can be independent of the carrier, making it easy and non-disruptive to switch providers. Getting started with such a solution should be simple. With no rip and replace needed, enterprises can start small, deploying SD-WAN in a few branch offices and the data centre. Once organisations have familiarised themselves with the technology, the deployment can be scaled out to support thousands of branch offices, all managed from single, centralised orchestration tool.   2017: SD-WAN advances towards mainstream 2016-12-07T01:48:24Z 2017-sd-wan-advances-towards-mainstream Tsunami of managed SD-WAN services to hit the market Following the initial barrage of service provider SD-WAN announcements this year, 2017 will see a separation between the providers that deliver mature scalable offerings and those that rushed to market with a minimal viable response to demand. Throughout the year, it will become clear which SD-WAN architectures and solutions perform best for carriers - also revealing the criteria that matter most to enterprises when evaluating new managed SD-WAN service offerings.Machine learning and AI to make debut in SD-WAN Machine and deep learning (AI) are rapidly revolutionising all industries. 2017 will bring early instances of machine learning-based innovations to networking. We will begin to explore the possibilities of machine learning, ultimately enabling wide area networks to run themselves autonomously at some point in the future.Hybrid SD-WANs go mainstream As SD-WAN adoption continues to gain ground and go mainstream in 2017, the majority of initial enterprise deployments will be hybrid, leveraging both MPLS and a complement of broadband connectivity. Many enterprises already have some level of broadband connectivity to branch and remote locations, but these links often remain idle or are relegated to backup or disaster recovery (DR). Enterprises will begin to fully leverage this bandwidth to scale bandwidth cost effectively in line with expanding application and user requirements.Introduction of SLAs for SD-WAN over pure broadband To date, the deployment of SD-WAN over pure broadband has been limited. In 2017, enterprise adoption of SD-WAN over pure broadband will accelerate dramatically as they realise that it's possible to deliver MPLS-equivalent quality of service and availability when combining any combination of transport, including consumer broadband connectivity. Whether or not vendors or service providers can deliver on pure broadband SLAs will fast become a key decision criterion.Differences between SD-WAN vendors’ approaches will become more apparent To a large degree current SD-WAN solutions sound quite similar. However, under the hood, each vendor's offerings are fundamentally quite different and at varying levels of maturity. As more enterprises gain experience with large-scale production deployments, the advantages and disadvantages the various approaches will become clearer. Some vendors’ architectures may be limited to a narrow set of use cases.Best-of-breed or worst of everything? Some SD-WAN vendors will attempt to go horizontal, seeking to deliver rudimentary support for nearly every function imaginable - while others will focus on core competencies and build partnerships and ecosystems to service chain best-of-breed functions, capabilities and services. Vendors that embrace building an ecosystem to complement their own strengths will ultimately win.SD-WAN and on-demand WAN optimisation come together Virtually all geographically distributed enterprises will continue to require WAN optimisation, perhaps not for all locations and offices, but certainly for a significant portion of their WAN traffic. It will become increasingly attractive to purchase WAN optimisation by-the-drip as an integrated service in an SD-WAN solution vs. buying it as a stand-alone product deployed at every location. Enterprises will demand the option to purchase and consume WAN optimisation on-demand for only the applications and locations that require it vs. over-paying for the maximum provisioned bandwidth across all sites.Fine-grained control of branch office internet breakout Early SD-WAN offerings include the ability to breakout internet-destined traffic locally at the branch office. Enterprises are beginning to realise that this shouldn't be an all or nothing decision and will demand finer-grained control over which web traffic is broken out at the branch and which is backhauled to a regional hub in alignment with security policies. In 2017, geographically distributed enterprises will seek to steer different types of internet traffic in different directions/paths based on business intent. Deep visibility and control over internet traffic will become a critical requirement for SD-WAN deployments.Exiting 2017, leading SD-WAN vendors will surpass 1,000 customer deployments 2017 will mark the most important year for early industry leaders to gain momentum, making it increasingly difficult for new entrants to survive and thrive. Smaller SD-WAN vendors will struggle to remain relevant and will be relegated to occupying a niche position in the market. It will become far more difficult for new entrants to bring incremental offerings to market and establish market penetration or traction.  About the authorDavid Hughes launched Silver Peak Systems in 2004 after a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. From 2000 to 2002, Hughes was a vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks, where he led a team developing a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and was senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit. Prior to Cisco, Hughes was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM equipment  which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, David worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc. Hughes has been awarded more than 40 patents in areas including data acceleration, packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. Hughes earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.      Tsunami of managed SD-WAN services to hit the market Following the initial barrage of service provider SD-WAN announcements this year, 2017 will see a separation between the providers that deliver mature scalable offerings and those that rushed to market with a minimal viable response to demand. Throughout the year, it will become clear which SD-WAN architectures and solutions perform best for carriers - also revealing the criteria that matter most to enterprises when evaluating new managed SD-WAN service offerings.Machine learning and AI to make debut in SD-WAN Machine and deep learning (AI) are rapidly revolutionising all industries. 2017 will bring early instances of machine learning-based innovations to networking. We will begin to explore the possibilities of machine learning, ultimately enabling wide area networks to run themselves autonomously at some point in the future.Hybrid SD-WANs go mainstream As SD-WAN adoption continues to gain ground and go mainstream in 2017, the majority of initial enterprise deployments will be hybrid, leveraging both MPLS and a complement of broadband connectivity. Many enterprises already have some level of broadband connectivity to branch and remote locations, but these links often remain idle or are relegated to backup or disaster recovery (DR). Enterprises will begin to fully leverage this bandwidth to scale bandwidth cost effectively in line with expanding application and user requirements.Introduction of SLAs for SD-WAN over pure broadband To date, the deployment of SD-WAN over pure broadband has been limited. In 2017, enterprise adoption of SD-WAN over pure broadband will accelerate dramatically as they realise that it's possible to deliver MPLS-equivalent quality of service and availability when combining any combination of transport, including consumer broadband connectivity. Whether or not vendors or service providers can deliver on pure broadband SLAs will fast become a key decision criterion.Differences between SD-WAN vendors’ approaches will become more apparent To a large degree current SD-WAN solutions sound quite similar. However, under the hood, each vendor's offerings are fundamentally quite different and at varying levels of maturity. As more enterprises gain experience with large-scale production deployments, the advantages and disadvantages the various approaches will become clearer. Some vendors’ architectures may be limited to a narrow set of use cases.Best-of-breed or worst of everything? Some SD-WAN vendors will attempt to go horizontal, seeking to deliver rudimentary support for nearly every function imaginable - while others will focus on core competencies and build partnerships and ecosystems to service chain best-of-breed functions, capabilities and services. Vendors that embrace building an ecosystem to complement their own strengths will ultimately win.SD-WAN and on-demand WAN optimisation come together Virtually all geographically distributed enterprises will continue to require WAN optimisation, perhaps not for all locations and offices, but certainly for a significant portion of their WAN traffic. It will become increasingly attractive to purchase WAN optimisation by-the-drip as an integrated service in an SD-WAN solution vs. buying it as a stand-alone product deployed at every location. Enterprises will demand the option to purchase and consume WAN optimisation on-demand for only the applications and locations that require it vs. over-paying for the maximum provisioned bandwidth across all sites.Fine-grained control of branch office internet breakout Early SD-WAN offerings include the ability to breakout internet-destined traffic locally at the branch office. Enterprises are beginning to realise that this shouldn't be an all or nothing decision and will demand finer-grained control over which web traffic is broken out at the branch and which is backhauled to a regional hub in alignment with security policies. In 2017, geographically distributed enterprises will seek to steer different types of internet traffic in different directions/paths based on business intent. Deep visibility and control over internet traffic will become a critical requirement for SD-WAN deployments.Exiting 2017, leading SD-WAN vendors will surpass 1,000 customer deployments 2017 will mark the most important year for early industry leaders to gain momentum, making it increasingly difficult for new entrants to survive and thrive. Smaller SD-WAN vendors will struggle to remain relevant and will be relegated to occupying a niche position in the market. It will become far more difficult for new entrants to bring incremental offerings to market and establish market penetration or traction.  About the authorDavid Hughes launched Silver Peak Systems in 2004 after a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. From 2000 to 2002, Hughes was a vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks, where he led a team developing a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and was senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit. Prior to Cisco, Hughes was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM equipment  which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, David worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc. Hughes has been awarded more than 40 patents in areas including data acceleration, packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. Hughes earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.      Silver Peak signs distribution agreement with BigTec Pacific to target distributed enterprise customers across ANZ with SD-WAN solutions 2016-11-03T00:15:57Z silver-peak-signs-distribution-agreement-with-bigtec-pacific-to-target-distributed-enterprise-customers-across-anz-with-sd-wan-solutions SYDNEY, November 3, 2016 — Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid wide area network (WAN) solutions, today announced a distribution agreement with data centre transformation VAD BigTec Pacific to address the escalating demand for high-performance Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect Software-Defined (SD)-WAN solutions throughout Australia and New Zealand.  “We are delighted to partner with BigTec as their technical know-how, experience and marketing services are so highly regarded across the region,” said Graham Schultz, Silver Peak sales director for ANZ. “With such an effective, innovative distribution partner alongside, we are confident we can address the escalating customer requirements for Silver Peak SD-WAN solutions. These provide secure and reliable virtual overlays to connect users to applications - with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport technologies, without compromising network or application performance.” “Interest in Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN solutions is red hot, and we are confident that our new distribution agreement will ensure the success that such market-disruptive technology merits”, said Mark Ransom, National Sales and Operations Manager at BigTec. “We look forward to partnering with Silver Peak to expand their go-to-market initiatives and SD-WAN footprint across Australia and New Zealand.” Jonathan Odria, sales director at Exclusive Networks and BigTec, added: “The very purpose of our BigTec business is to help local reseller partners take full advantage of infrastructure opportunities that facilitate the new breed of web-scale applications and address the necessities of dynamic scaling, orchestration and management within a next generation software-defined data centre (SDDC). Silver Peak’s SD-WAN solutions are an important part of, and fit perfectly into, that environment.” Gartner, a leading industry analyst firm, predicts that by the end of 2019, 30 per cent of enterprises will use SD-WAN products in all their branches, up from less than one per cent today. With EdgeConnect, Silver Peak provides partners and their customers with a solution to rapidly and non-disruptively augment or replace their MPLS networks with any form of broadband connectivity. EdgeConnect provides unprecedented levels of performance, including broadband quality of service (QoS), as well as visibility into both legacy and cloud applications. With the Silver Peak SD-WAN solution, IT organisations gain the unique ability to centrally assign and maintain compliance with business intent policies and secure and control all WAN traffic over any source of connectivity. The solution improves end-user satisfaction with consistent and significantly enhanced application performance. By filling this market gap, EdgeConnect enables partners to lower their customers’ connectivity, equipment and network administration costs by up to 90 per cent. Silver Peak recently announced the launch of the company’s new Global Partner Program specifically designed to attract, educate and enable value-added channel partners such as Exclusive Networks to capitalise on burgeoning SD-WAN market opportunities. For more information on the Silver Peak Partner Program, please visit: https://partners.silver-peak.comAbout 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 2,275 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across 80 countries. Learn more at www.silver-peak.com.About Big Technology BigTec is the global value-added distributor (VAD) for datacentre transformation, delivering solutions that enhance business agility, provide partners with true competitive advantage and enable their customers to respond more effectively to evolving needs. BigTec’s vision and market delivery expertise has attracted a best-of-breed portfolio of the world’s most innovative and disruptive vendors to deliver the web-scale software-defined datacentre (SDDC).  This, combined with a proven value-centric approach, helps reseller partners capitalise on the opportunities presented by new generations of cloud architectures and virtualised datacentre functions.  BigTec is a division of the Exclusive Group.About Exclusive Group Exclusive Group is the value-added services and technologies (VAST) group accelerating the growth of disruptive and innovative technologies around the world.  Its people are committed to the high-growth imperatives of ambitious IT vendors and fuelled by a strong culture of ambition, entrepreneurialism and sustainable growth. With 50+ offices across five continents and presence in over 100 countries, Exclusive Group brings all the essential elements of a proven winning strategy for market entry and growth.  Redefining value and enabling new market opportunities through “Disruptive Distribution” is at the heart of the Exclusive Group proposition through its cybersecurity brand, Exclusive Networks, and datacentre transformation division, Big Technology.  This is complemented by extensive and innovative global services capabilities for project deployment and support (ITEC), and comprehensive, integrated commercial leasing offerings delivered by Exclusive Capital.For more information BigTec Pacific, Angela Conlon, Marketing Manager for Exclusive Networks and BigTec Pacific.aconlon@exclusive-networks.com.au   David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Silver Peak. +61.2.7903 9567davidf@prdeadlines.com.au Why SD-WAN is key to business-critical replication acceleration 2016-10-04T01:41:23Z why-sd-wan-is-key-to-business-critical-replication-acceleration By Peter Skarlatos, Systems Engineering Manager, Silver Peak Australia & New Zealand ­­Flash storage and cloud native enterprise were the two key topics supporting a theme of ‘modernise the data centre’ at the recent EMC World event. The combination of these two technologies highlights the importance of data replication, which in turn underlines the need for faster, more efficient networks. Globally, nine out of 10 enterprises have some form of flash storage somewhere in the data centre, according to survey by 451 Research. Flash as a tier in hybrid flash arrays is the technology’s most common usage (51 per cent). The research study polled more than 1,000 IT professionals worldwide and combined with responses from a panel of more than 30,000 senior IT buyers and enterprise technology executives. While businesses continue to buy traditional storage, flash will become the de facto standard type of storage for most enterprise applications. Flash is easier to manage, cost points have fallen through the floor and densities have improved. Flash is becoming available across a wide variety of products, and new solutions will increase the reliability, speed and scale of the core storage system. The new options will allow more companies to deploy more flash in more places. In a data centre, anything new and fast will shine a spotlight on old and slow. For many companies, ‘old and slow’ is the network. New switches are available in the data centre that can keep up with flash storage. All the new Broadcom-based products are 25/50/100 Gig-E capable, so if a company is deploying one of the flash arrays, then a network upgrade is also likely, to guard against the network being a bottleneck limiting the effectiveness of flash. SD-WAN is critical But what about the wide area network (WAN)? As organisations move to a cloud native model, storage becomes distributed across multiple data centres. The trend to building fewer mega data centres and more smaller ones distributed geographically for strategic purposes will require more traffic to be replicated between data centres to ensure that users are close to their data. Replication acceleration technology is essential for optimising the traffic flow between data centres. It is business critical to cloud native solutions and leveraging the speed of flash. Replication acceleration ensures that data moving between data centres travels as fast as possible, so that flash storage and other systems can work optimally. Success in the digital era is based on speed, and this requires modernising the data centre. Over the next few years, we can expect to see more businesses leveraging the power of flash to build high performance hybrid clouds. But organisations need the right tools in place to ensure their networks can keep up with the changes in technology. Risk of ignoring SD-WAN Whenever technology evolves, a degree of perceived risk is involved. New technology can disrupt workers because of a change in process, cause unnecessary downtime due to integration issues, or fail because it’s new and unproven. So, many CIOs and other business leaders prefer to wait until technology matures before deploying. But since speed is the new currency of business, there is more risk in not being an earlier adopter than there is by being one. Success in business is no longer based on a company having the best products or even the best people - sustained market leadership depends on an organisation’s ability to adapt to market changes faster than the competition. Becoming a digital organisation means having to be more agile and nimble than the competition, which requires an agile IT foundation that enables the company to make rapid changes. This is the primary reason why companies spent over $12 billion globally on digital initiatives. Yet companies can be only as agile as the least agile component and today that is the network, particularly the WAN. Legacy networks are rigid in nature and slow to change. A study last year by ZK Research found that, on average, it takes over four months for businesses to make even a simple network change. Complex changes often take over a year to implement – hardly the calling card of a business striving to be agile. While the cost savings from introducing a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) can be significant, this does not reflect the technology’s true value. When implementing new technologies to save money, unforeseen things can happen along the way that could diminish those savings. The success of an IT project should not be determined cost savings, as these are difficult to calculate unless all the variables and cost inputs are known and can be measured both before and after deployment. With the WAN, an organisation that really wants to save money should let the contract expire and hammer the service provider for bigger savings. In today’s competitive environment this will yield at least 5 – 10 per cent. The true value of an SD-WAN lies in its ability to make the network dynamic and agile, and enable an organisation to compete at digital speeds. This is paramount as IT becomes network-centric in an era that is highly mobile and cloud-first. The shift means that organisations wanting to leverage mobile and cloud as part of their digital strategy must also consider the network. A slow, static network means that digital strategies will fail. A dynamic, agile network will allow the business to implement new strategies quickly. Common wisdom might suggest that moving to new technologies like SD-WAN creates some business risk. In this case, with the network at the centre of digitisation, it is risker not to move — and that’s something all business leaders should be considering. Silver Peak global channel growth surges as SD-WAN Partner Program marks one year anniversary 2016-09-27T06:03:32Z silver-peak-global-channel-growth-surges-as-sd-wan-partner-program-marks-one-year-anniversary SYDNEY, September 27, 2016 – Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, today celebrates the one year anniversary of the company’s flagship Global SD-WAN Channel Partner Program. Backed by a decade of WAN innovation and market leadership, the Silver Peak program is achieving exceptional growth and success amongst global partners. The company’s global program was specifically designed to attract, train, certify and enable valued-added channel partners to capitalise on the burgeoning demand for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions, an emerging market that IDC predicts will reach $6 billion by 2020. In the past year, Silver Peak exceeded targets for new business opportunities: 50 per cent of new SD-WAN opportunities are now partner initiated Partner-led SD-WAN opportunities increased four-fold. In the past year, the company achieved key milestones for partner enablement: Increased and automated market development and partner enablement Trained and certified 400-plus partners through the SD-WAN Engineering Program Achieved 50 per cent growth in the number of partners moving up from the Registered to the Summit level. The disruption and innovation within the SD-WAN market poses an immense opportunity for Silver Peak and the company’s global partner ecosystem. Through strategic investments in onboarding channel account management and field marketing personnel, optimising demo programs and deal registration, increasing investments in market development and partner training and enablement, Silver Peak has attracted some of the largest and most well-respected resellers in the industry, including: DSA Technologies, Integrated Archive Systems, Inc., MNJ Technologies, Sidepath, Veristor Systems and Versatile. “As one of the first partners to join the Silver Peak Global SD-WAN Channel Partner Program, we trusted in the technology vision of this long standing, WAN-focused organisation and today, it’s clear that Silver Peak understands where the SD-WAN market is heading,” said John Woodall, vice president of engineering, Integrated Archive Systems, Inc. “As we pass the one year mark, we look forward to our continued partnership with Silver Peak and capitalizing on the tremendous growth potential of bringing SD-WAN solutions to a rapidly growing base of distributed enterprise prospects and customers.” “As one of the first partners to join the Silver Peak Global SD-WAN Channel Partner Program in Australia and New Zealand, we trusted in the technology vision of this long-standing, WAN-focused organisation, and today it’s clear that Silver Peak has developed the most complete SD-WAN solution for the enterprise market,” said Rob Kingma, CEO of ICT Networks. “As we enter our second year of partnership we see strong market opportunity and pipeline and continue to be excited by the roadmap for Unity EdgeConnect.” “The MNJ + Silver Peak partnership extends the power of SD-WAN into the MNJ cloud access network. We will now be able to integrate low-cost broadband connections with SLA backed MPLS services so that clients can cost effectively increase bandwidth without compromising application performance,” said Marcus McEwen, executive vice president, MNJ Technologies. “Silver Peak SD-WAN solutions combined with the MNJ network creates cost effective, efficient and reliable connectivity for our clients.” “The depth of our dedication and commitment to our channel partners was realised in the delivery and execution of our resource-rich Global SD-WAN partner program,” said Bob Bruce, Channel Chief North America, Silver Peak. “Now a year later, our partners are reaping the benefits and experiencing the great success we anticipated by launching a program specialised around SD-WAN.” Learn more about the Silver Peak channel partner program here: http://partners.silver-peak.com About Silver Peak Silver Peak is the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions. Silver Peak offers a complete range of best-in-class hardware, software and cloud-based WAN solutions that provide 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 2,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across more than 75 countries. Learn more at www.silver-peak.com. Contacts David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Silver Peak. +61.2.7903 9567 davidf@prdeadlines.com.au Amanda Dark, Marketing Manager, ICT Networks. +61 2 9078 7719 amanda.dark@ictnetworks.com.au What CIOs need to know about SD-WANs 2016-09-13T23:50:52Z what-cios-need-to-know-about-sd-wans By Peter Skarlatos, Systems Engineering Manager, Silver Peak Australia & New Zealand   Despite all the recent talk about software defined networking (SDN) and how SDx benefits virtual environments and data centres, a key area is often overlooked. This is the network abstraction layer (NAL) which can affect application performance and value across the wide area network (WAN).   Abstraction is an outcome of virtualisation being applied to compute in creating an abstraction layer for multiple virtual machines operating within a single server. Similarly SD-WAN creates virtual or abstraction layers for bonding multiple connectivity types into encrypted tunnels that can be aligned to business intent policy.     In connecting users to applications and moving data more effectively over long distances, the WAN is complex. It encompasses connectivity for collaboration among enterprise users, clients, suppliers and partners, as well as the movement of data over distance for disaster recovery and business continuity.     While these requirements still exist, the adoption of virtualisation and the cloud across traditional WAN architectures, such as MPLS, has introduced performance bottlenecks that impair user productivity when connecting to data centre and cloud applications from branch and remote office locations.  As cloud initiatives gain momentum and traction, CIOs are increasingly re-evaluating their corporate WAN requirements.     The rise of SD-WAN This expanding use of cloud applications and service across the enterprise presents CIOs with the need to align IT resources to business mandates, to enable the organisation to operate at 'cloud speed'.      Gartner predicted that by 2018, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) will become the dominant model for consuming application functionality for about 80 per cent of all organisations. This speed presents organisations with a number of challenges, including improving the responsiveness and agility of the business and the network while reducing costs and providing better performance for cloud applications.      The need for increased responsiveness and agility in the enterprise is particularly critical when it comes to the opening of a new office or branch location. For example, if IT resources need to be moved, the process to add, move or change MPLS connectivity can often take swathes of time and disrupt the business.      Establishing connectivity at a new site, or increasing the bandwidth to an existing one, can take up to a month or longer to implement.  While lower-cost internet connectivity has been available, it has lacked the scale, reliability and security required to support business-enabling applications. And if internet connectivity was purchased, it often sits idle until needed in back-up or fail-over situations.     First step for CIOs CIOs are now actively evaluating software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions as a potential way to better align WAN resources with business mandates.  IDC predicts that the SD-WAN market will grow to become a $US6 billion industry by 2020.      Yet not all SD-WANs are the same. Some deliver only on the more basic of requirements of broadband connectivity, path selection, zero-touch provisioning, centralised management and cost reductions. It’s important that CIOs think more holistically about the WAN. While SD-WAN is central to building a better WAN, it is critically important that organisations ensure they are addressing key aspects such as performance, visibility and control, security and extensibility to realise the full potential that an SD-WAN can deliver.     When implemented correctly, an SD-WAN can help distributed enterprises to connect users flexibly and securely to applications by utilising any combination of underlying transport technologies without compromising application performance.  Performance is arguably the most critical pillar of building a better WAN. It’s not just about adding bandwidth; it’s about enabling the use of multiple forms of transport and fixing any issues those links might have, such as packet loss, latency and jitter, so that the connections perform like a private line.     This is especially important for cloud users and those who are increasingly accessing SaaS applications in branch and remote office locations. SD-WANs support multiple paths and allows connectivity decisions to be made independent of carriers, which helps enterprises to avoid lengthy procurement and deployment delays for a faster time to service at the branch.     Once connected, an SD-WAN fabric also provides visibility into both data centre and cloud applications, along with the ability to centrally assign business intent policies to secure and control all WAN traffic. It will determine the best path, whether MPLS, broadband or a combination of both, for each application based on customer-defined policies and real-time network quality measurements, all while keeping in-flight data encrypted edge-to-edge.     Keeping WAN connections secure from threats when data and applications are in transit is key. Through virtual overlays, additional levels of security can be offered through micro-segmentation, the ability to segment application overlays by user and access level. Finally, SD-WANs need to be scalable and non-disruptively interoperate with an organisation’s existing infrastructure.     Hybrid WAN Since a broadband WAN is not an all-or-nothing approach, CIOs can move at their own pace when it comes to deploying an SD-WAN solution. While the ultimate goal may be a 100 per cent broadband WAN, CIOs can take incremental steps by first deploying a hybrid WAN.   As MPLS upgrades arise, businesses can evaluate lower-cost broadband internet services as an alternative for connecting users to applications. This provides an opportunity to decrease their reliance on MPLS bandwidth and use only that connectivity for the remaining data centre applications. CIOs can then confidently embrace the internet and accelerate cloud initiatives and tightly align WAN resources to business requirements.     The future Ultimately, enterprises will become increasingly drawn to SD-WAN models as virtualisation and cloud applications become standard practice, further magnifying the inadequacies of legacy WAN architectures.    Transitioning to a holistic SD-WAN model can be accomplished with minimal disruption and cost, as internet services can be introduced into the WAN without compromising application performance or the existing MPLS network. Given that SD-WAN adoption is predicted to rise at an astronomical rate and will soon become the norm, now is the best time for CIOs to move their company towards a hybrid or broadband WAN.                                                            Silver Peak names Graham Schultz to lead ANZ business 2016-09-12T01:26:28Z silver-peak-names-graham-schultz-to-lead-anz-business SYDNEY, September 12, 2016 - Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, today announced the appointment of Graham Schultz as Sales Director for Australia and New Zealand. He is tasked with accelerating growth and customer adoption of the company’s SD-WAN solutions. Schultz brings 20 years of industry expertise to Silver Peak, after serving previously in senior sales and management roles with VMware, Brocade and Tintri Storage. His background spans software and hardware, cloud, virtualisation, servers, networking, storage and business intelligence. “This is an exciting time to be joining Silver Peak, as they are the only vendor capable of offering a complete SD-WAN solution that simply and intelligently combines any combination of connectivity types into high-performance virtual WANs that deliver an unmatched user experience edge-to-edge,” said Schultz. “Its unrivalled performance, visibility and security, as well as potential to reduce costs by up to 90 per cent, gives us an outstanding foundation for growth and expansion in Australia and New Zealand.” “We are pleased to add a seasoned professional in Graham Schultz to head our expanding ANZ team,” said Chris Helfer, senior vice president, worldwide sales for Silver Peak. “We are quickly establishing market leadership in the hyper growth emerging market for SD-WAN technologies that IDC predicts will grow to an estimated $US6 billion by 2020, and are confident that our Australian/New Zealand team will make an immediate impact on regional sales.”About Silver Peak Silver Peak is the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions. Silver Peak offers a complete range of best-in-class hardware, software and cloud-based WAN solutions that provide 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 2,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across more than 75 countries. Learn more at www.silver-peak.com.For media queries David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Silver Peak. +61.2.7903 9567davidf@prdeadlines.com.au How SD-WAN streamlines branch office connectivity and cuts costs 2016-08-26T04:57:47Z how-sd-wan-streamlines-branch-office-connectivity-and-cuts-costs By Peter Skarlatos, Systems Engineering Manager, Silver Peak Australia and New Zealand   Connecting branch offices to a business wide area network (WAN) is time-consuming and often disrupts IT operations.    Branch office connectivity has long posed a challenge for geographically distributed organisations, a problem that multiplies as they enter new markets or expand within existing ones. But now, emerging software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology is resolving remote office connection issues and delivering substantial cost savings.   Until SD-WAN emerged, configuring or even changing WAN infrastructure at branch offices could prove a nightmare, given its distributed nature and the remote touch points involved. Attempts at delivering the ‘lean’ branch office have sometimes resorted to public cloud services that might fail to meet IT requirements for performance, security and more.   As the migration from private line to broadband and Internet connectivity accelerates, multiplying opportunities for branch offices to utilise SD-WANs, the ability to support any transport technology or any combination of connectivity types becomes ever more valuable. By sourcing appropriate SD-WAN technology, organisations can benefit from the dramatic cost savings realised by using Internet broadband in place of private MPLS links.   SD-WAN presents a technology paradigm that delivers easy-to-deploy, inexpensive connectivity to remote offices, while ensuring high performance and quality levels. WAN issues are difficult to address given the distributed nature of resources, but certain SD-WAN solutions can enable automation and orchestration from a centralised location.   Utilising SD-WAN, IT organisations can dramatically simplify the management, configuration and maintenance of their networks with greater ease, efficiency and effectiveness. Secure paths are created across multiple WAN locations with zero-touch provisioning. Bandwidth can be allocated virtually and network traffic controlled from a single, centralised location.   This solution fits in perfectly with enterprises of varying sizes, locations and vertical markets, and tackles common pain points including the high cost of WAN connectivity caused by WAN transport, equipment and personnel expenses, slow provisioning of network resources and traffic congestion, hassle of complex devices and hardware updates, difficulty in adapting or scaling to aligning to changing business requirements and inadequate level of network performance for cloud applications.  Rapid branch office installation But, in order to be effective, a large-scale SD-WAN rollout requires a rapid installation process for individual offices, particularly when dealing with branch offices without dedicated IT staff.   Essential requirements for SD-WANs include granular visibility into both data centre and cloud applications, as well as centrally assigned business intent policies to secure and control all WAN traffic. To be implemented at scale, these capabilities must be easily distributed from headquarters to branch offices.   Ideally, the SD-WAN solution should allow for flexible orchestration to ensure rapid branch rollouts. As part of the configuration, administrators can map local traffic classes into deployment profiles. These policies can then be folded into discretely managed virtual topologies and using the key tenets of software-defined networking and virtualisation, these virtual overlays can ensure proper end-to-end handling of WAN traffic according to defined business intent.   Business intent can be applied to separate application sets, which are naturally mapped to VLANs. So, for instance: All voice traffic stays within its own virtual overlay (using its own traffic tunnels), is arranged into a full mesh (as all sites need to talk to each other), uses multiple connection types and requires maximum quality.  Similarly, all enterprise data is also segregated and uses a dual hub and spoke topology (data centres as the hubs); it also uses multiple connection types and requires maximum availability.  Guest WiFi connects only the sites that offer it; a simple Internet connection gets you by, and the main requirement, as it’s not business-critical, is that the cost is kept low. And what of security?   Granular security can be assured though a capability known as micro-segmentation, where individual workloads are mapped to underlying resources, and security controls are applied accordingly. By mapping global business policies into local office profiles, your organisation can ensure a highly visible and tightly controlled high-performance enterprise WAN. It enables a level of micro-segmentation that has never been seen before in the WAN.   The integration of zero touch provisioning and the further integration of the global business intent through virtual overlays fulfill the promise of SD-WAN with virtualised wide area networking. Enterprises are assured that their business needs are folded into the enterprise WAN, that the best forwarding decisions are made at any given time, ensuring that individual workloads are entirely secure in a zero trust model.   SD-WAN: What’s in a number? 2016-08-23T23:25:24Z sd-wan-what-s-in-a-number By Peter Skarlatos, Systems Engineering Manager, Silver Peak Australia & New Zealand   Impressive numbers are being passed around when it comes to software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs). IDC predicts the market will reach $6 billion by 2020. Gartner suggests that 30 percent of enterprises will have deployed an SD-WAN by 2019.     Clearly the SD-WAN vendor landscape is heating up and everyone has their own projections of the arrival time. Our own numbers are: 135 new, paying enterprise customers around the globe who have selected our SD-WAN solution, EdgeConnect.     With all of these statistics, why would we collaborate with IDG Connect on a survey to generate even more numbers? Consider that most, if not all, of the figures to date have been collected with the idea of proving a point, or determining a measurement of a single idea. In our case, we simply asked mid-market and enterprise companies what they are thinking when it comes to SD-WANs.   We didn’t know where it would lead or what the results would reveal. Nor did we have a point to prove. We just wanted to understand how companies perceive the SD-WAN opportunity. We were in for a pleasant surprise.     Based on our own customer numbers, we know SD-WAN is a hyper growth market, but when you hear that 92 per cent of companies surveyed have plans to implement SD-WAN in the next 12 months, it really hits home. Respondents are not simply saying they’re going to make broadband an active link, they’re saying their WAN will be based on broadband.     That means reliance on costly MPLS links will diminish – maybe these won’t be replaced entirely, but the established technology will wane quickly. It’s pretty aggressive to consider that in a year’s time broadband will become the preferred source of business connectivity.     The same 92 per cent plan to make the WAN broadband-based, but only if security and reliability concerns are addressed. More than half of the respondents claim that security (68 per cent) and reliability (53 percent) are holding them back from fully embracing Internet connectivity. These are key consideration factors for enterprises and service providers when evaluating SD-WAN vendors and offerings.   Established and emerging SD-WAN vendors claim to enable companies to leverage multiple sources of connectivity for end-users. But to truly deliver on the promise of SD-WAN, solutions must have the capability to segment applications via virtual WANs, much the way it’s done in the data centre.   That’s why the concept of a virtual network overlay with business intent policies is critical to success. Yes, encryption is important, but micro-segmentation of the WAN is what will really enforce security policy compliance and make an SD-WAN with broadband viable.   And these virtual overlays will enable IT organisations to deliver varying priority and quality of service levels across the application mix. Nobody wants web surfing traffic to compromise VoIP or other business-critical apps.     Finally, even with all the discussion about augmenting or replacing MPLS with broadband, 83 percent of respondents said they would consider outsourcing their WAN to a managed service provider. This is why it’s critical for service providers to offer an SD-WAN solution in their services portfolio.   So, what’s in a number? A lot. Sometimes you have to ask questions to understand what companies are thinking to validate the real opportunity. If you’re fortunate, the numbers align and underscore true market sentiment. And, that’s precisely what this survey has revealed – validating key assumptions, while providing some interesting thoughts along the way. Silver Peak founder and CEO David Hughes recognised on CRN’s 2016 list of Top 100 Executives 2016-08-12T00:43:53Z silver-peak-founder-and-ceo-david-hughes-recognised-on-crn-s-2016-list-of-top-100-executives SYDNEY, August 5, 2016.  Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named David Hughes, founder & CEO of Silver Peak, to its 2016 list of Top 100 Executives. This annual list recognises leaders from the technology industry who have played an integral role in shaping today’s IT channel, whether by driving huge cultural shifts, creating rich new opportunities or forging innovative new routes to success. With a passion and drive to build a better WAN, Dr Hughes, launched Silver Peak in 2004, where he led the development of the company’s flagship WAN optimisation solutions. Since then, he has taken the company from start-up to industry leader by innovating in anticipation of major technology transitions, and successfully leading the company into a new, high growth, market category. As enterprises migrated applications from the data centre to the cloud, Dr Hughes predicted the need for what has become known as the software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). This insight gave Silver Peak a significant head start in building the most complete SD-WAN solutions available today. Today, global enterprises across 77 countries rely on Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solutions to provide secure and reliable virtual overlays to connect users to applications with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport technologies without compromising application performance. Enterprises realise dramatic cost reductions, greater business agility and faster time to value for strategic business initiatives. “The executives on our 2016 Top 100 list have led their companies to extraordinary achievements, both technological and entrepreneurial,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “We congratulate each of this year’s Top 100 Executives and celebrate their trailblazing contributions to the advancement of the IT channel.” “David Hughes’ ability to design, build and drive a technology vision into a new market is unparalleled across the networking industry,” said John Vincenzo, SVP & CMO of Silver Peak. “Over a decade ago, David saw the opportunity to launch Silver Peak into the hot WAN optimisation market and has since evolved the company’s vision well ahead of the market to drive a new wave of innovation with the most complete SD-WAN solution portfolio available today. The success of the company is rooted in David’s strategic technical vision and ability to operationally execute in a highly competitive global marketplace.”About Silver Peak Silver Peak is the leader in building software-defined WANs (SD-WANs). Silver Peak enables enterprises and service providers to flexibly and securely connect users to applications via the most cost-effective and highest performing WAN connectivity available. With Silver Peak’s solutions, customers can augment or replace MPLS networks with secure broadband connectivity, leveraging existing WAN investments while dramatically reducing WAN costs and complexity. Customers benefit from unprecedented levels of visibility, control and security over all traffic traversing the WAN, while improving application and network performance. With Silver Peak, sites can be rapidly and non-disruptively expanded, moved or changed as business demands evolve. Learn more at www.silver-peak.com.Contact David Frost, PR Deadlines for Silver Peak. +61.2.7903 9567davidf@prdeadlines.com.au