Silver Peak has unveiled Unity, a groundbreaking intelligent wide area network (WAN) fabric that unifies the enterprise network with the public cloud. Unlike traditional WAN optimization solutions, Unity closely tracks the location of cloud services and Internet “weather” to intelligently route traffic over a secure, optimal path. By keeping Cloud SaaS and IaaS traffic on the Unity fabric, IT achieves something it’s never had: the ability to monitor and control connectivity to the cloud while giving users consistent performance for cloud applications.
“Most enterprises use dozens of cloud-based services, whether IT knows about them or not,” David Hughes, CEO of Silver Peak. “That usage will only increase as enterprises shift computing workloads to the cloud. The problem is, IT staff have no insight into that traffic once it leaves the WAN. They can’t troubleshoot problems or optimize applications the way they would on their own network. CIO’s don’t want to be responsible for performance they can’t control.”
Silver Peak Unity represents an entirely new approach to wide area networking that steps beyond WAN optimization. Unity provides enterprises with a complete map of the cloud-driven network and applies new routing and intelligence that helps enterprise IT see, control and optimize connectivity to the cloud from anywhere in the world.
An increasingly common trend, known as “Shadow IT,” is opening a major gap in visibility, security and performance across the network of companies around the world, forcing companies to come up with counter-measures. A recent Gartner report showed that traditional enterprise WAN architectures are not well-suited for the adoption of cloud-based IaaS and SaaS solutions, due to increased latency and the cost of backhauling traffic to centralized gateways. In addition Gartner predicted that through 2015, at least 50% of cloud deployments will suffer from network performance issues as a result in a gap in visibility.
By deploying Silver Peak’s software in data centers, branch offices and cloud interconnection hubs, customers generate the Unity fabric, a network overlay that controls and accelerates connectivity to any combination of enterprise services, IaaS resources, and SaaS applications. Each Silver Peak instance on the Unity fabric communicates with Silver Peak’s new Cloud Intelligence service, which aggregates ever-changing cloud provider information and minute-to-minute Internet weather.
This information is used by Silver Peak to dynamically route traffic to cloud services over the optimal path. Orchestration is handled by Silver Peak’s Global Management System (GMS), which provides IT managers with complete visibility and control over the deployment and use of cloud services.
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