Silver Peak, Aryaka See Gains in Their SD-WAN Businesses
Officials with Silver Peak and Aryaka this week outlined recent momentum in their businesses that they say illustrates the growing popularity of software-defined WAN technologies.
Silver Peak, whose legacy lies in such areas as WAN optimization, almost a year ago unveiled Unity EdgeConnect, a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solution aimed at making campus and remote networks more agile and scalable to fit in a more cloud-centric world. Officials this week said that over the past nine months, the company has signed up 100 new customers for Unity EdgeConnect, joining another 200 companies that are embracing its SD-WAN technologies.
For their part, Aryaka officials said that in the first quarter, the company added more than 50 new customers for its software-defined networking (SDN) and SD-WAN platforms in the three months of the year, bringing its total number of customers to more than 400. In addition, 60 percent of first-quarter books came from new customers, with 40 percent generated from existing users expanding their footprints and increasing their consumption.
The company in January introduced SD-WAN Ultra, a cloud-based, integrated SD-WAN offering that includes WAN optimization and software-as-a-service (SaaS) acceleration.
The growth highlights the increasing interest in SD-WAN technologies designed to adapt campus networks to a more cloud-centric world.
SD-WAN is part of the larger network virtualization push in the industry to create more programmable, flexible and affordable networks that can better handle the rapidly changing business demands brought on by such trends as mobility, big data, the Internet of things (IoT) and the cloud. However, while SDN is generating a lot of interest in the data center, it's an architectural play and enterprises are taking a cautious approach to the technology, according to John Vincenzo, senior vice president and chief marketing officer with Silver Peak.