Silver Peak Unveils New WAN Virtual Appliance for Data Centers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-17 Print this article Print

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 data centers.

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.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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