New VRX-8 v4.0 said to bring "20 times more throughput [up to 1Gb/per second end-to-end]" than the best WAN appliance now available.
Silver Peak Systems, fast becoming a global player in the burgeoning
data center-class wide area network (WAN) optimization world, Nov. 16
announced a new, souped-up version of its VRX-8 virtual appliance for
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company, which went into the financial
black in 2009, is enjoying 70 percent year-over-year growth. In 2010,
it doubled its U.S. sales force and has -- or will shortly -- open new
sales and support offices in Brazil, Japan, Germany, France, China,
Australia, and the U.K.
Silver Peak, which sells its wares to a large number of Tier 1-type
data center systems vendors, also isn't bashful about claiming its new
VRX-8 v4.0 brings "more than 20 times more throughput [up to 1Gb/per
second end-to-end] than any other WAN optimization virtual appliance
now available," Silver Peak Senior Vice President for Worldwide
Marketing Larry Cormier told eWEEK.
Riverbed, for one, may beg to differ.
"Riverbed is more about branch offices -- we're more about data
centers," Cormier told eWEEK. "Many of our customers are global
corporations, so that's where we're growing along with them."
Cormier said that the VRX-8 v4.0 really is the "industry's first data
center class virtual WAN optimization appliance. There's nothing else
out there that approaches the performance levels it has."
Long list of partners, customers
Silver Peak has a large number of partners and customers, including
Google, eBay, Yahoo, Visa International, Facebook, Expedia, and Intel;
the list is long and impressive.
"The reason that the EMCs, HDSes, and NetApps of the world are coming
to us is because the playing field for business continuity and disaster
recovery has changed," Cormier said.
"For example, in the past, if I bought EMC storage and I wanted DR with
it, they would sell me one of their replication solutions. And
they'd say, 'Oh, by the way, you'll need a dedicated network link, X
amount of bandwidth, and you can't go more than X number of miles.'
"Customers were pushing back, saying, 'Hey, I've got a perfectly good
MPLS WAN or Internet VPN WAN, and I want to run my replication traffic
over that shared WAN.' And now, there's a lot more data traffic
required to go over a lot longer distances. That's where WAN
optimization becomes absolutely critical for those kinds of
applications," Cormier said.
Key features in the new version, according to Cormier, are increased
network acceleration [bandwidth utilization] and workload capacity,
improved network packet protection, better network visibility through
customizable application dashboards, and support for Microsoft's
Hyper-V Server branch office virtualization.
Cormier said the Silver Peak VRX-8 virtual appliance for data center
replication will be available in December 2010. List price is $69,995.
Silver Peak version 4.0 embedded software and Global Management System
will ship with all new Silver Peak NX, VX, and VRX appliances and GMS
platforms in December, he said.