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BrandPost: Silver Peak Named a Leader in 2019 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure

We’re two for two! This week Gartner published its 2019 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, and I’m proud to report that once again Silver Peak has been positioned in the Leader’s quadrant.Last year Gartner published the inaugural 2018 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure, providing enterprise decision makers with a comprehensive assessment of the changing requirements for a modern WAN, Gartner listened to thousands of enterprise customers, reviewed each vendor’s solution in detail and analyzed their completeness of vision and ability to execute. The published report talks about Gartner’s view of the Leaders, Challengers, Niche Players and Visionaries in the rapidly changing WAN edge infrastructure market.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Branch Office SD-WAN Availability: Last-Mile Considerations

MPLS is showing its age in the era of digital transformation. SD-WAN’s agility, low cost, and direct branch office cloud access increasingly make more sense for global, cloud-enabled organizations. The big question for many IT leaders is: Can  SD-WANs and their Internet last-mile connections match MPLS’s availability to serve as an MPLS alternative?The short answer? Yes.  Here’s why.MPLS’s Last-Mile Availability Problem MPLS has long been known for its uptime. As managed services that’s no surprise; the telcos do a very good job keeping an eye on the core of their networks. But what’s often a surprise to outsiders is the problem MPLS services have with the last mile. The high cost of MPLS services makes it impractical to equip branch offices with redundant last-mile MPLS connections, and without redundancy delivering on uptime is challenging. And even with Internet backup, failover is often manual or slow enough to disrupt the user experience.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: What Palo Alto Networks Won’t Tell You About Its New SASE Service

It has been a long time since I shared an office with Nir Zuk, the co-founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks (PAN). Back in 1998, at Check Point’s office in San Francisco, it was early days for the network security company co-founded by Gil Shwed, Marius Nacht, and me. Since then, Nir launched PAN, which became a global leader in network security. I was honored to support Nir and the PAN team early in their journey.Last week, our paths converged again. This time, we shared a vision for the future of networking and security. On the stage of PAN’s annual event, Nir presented PAN’s vision of a converged cloud-based architecture that will displace the legacy appliance stack of today. Nir did a great job advocating for the convergence of the numerous point solutions piled in IT departments everywhere.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: SD-WANs Enable Scalable Local Internet Breakout but Pose Security Risk

SD-WAN streamlines how application traffic is routed from the branch, making it easier to create local internet breakout and allowing users to access cloud services directly from the branch. In an ideal SD-WAN scenario, every remote location and device has its own local internet breakout and corresponding security services. Yet, reality looks a lot different for many companies. This is something network professionals have wanted to enable for decades. The problem was that setting up local internet breakout using traditional routers was not trivial and required a tremendous amount of engineering work so most businesses, except for the ones that had high levels of technical talent shied away. The shift to cloud and edge computing has made local internet breakout almost mandatory today, so businesses have turned to SD-WAN as a simpler path to enable it. As this happens, organizations need to understand the security risks. To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Addressing Scalability Challenges with SD-WANs

It’s always difficult to tell how fast your business will grow, and hence how quickly you’ll need to scale your network and other IT infrastructure. When it comes to software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WAN), the scalability issue is particularly thorny because of the myriad factors that play into the equation.Some will tell you scaling an SD-WAN is a simple matter of adding appliances, but that is far from the case, says David Greenfield, Secure Networking Evangelist with Cato Networks. Cato provides a cloud-based SD-WAN service, so Greenfield is well-versed in the factors that make SD-WAN scalability so challenging. In this post, we’ll examine a handful of them.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: SD-WAN as MPLS Replacement: Why the Internet Isn’t Enough

As companies turn to SD-WAN services, they’re often looking to migrate away from expensive MPLS services at the same time and employ Internet services instead. But the public Internet doesn’t provide the kind of predictable performance that enterprises need, and it can introduce unacceptable security risks.A sound alternative is a global, privately managed cloud-based network that can provide the consistent performance and low latency that enterprises demand, but at a fraction of the cost of MPLS – and with security built in. To get a sense for the requirements companies should look for in a managed cloud backbone to make for a successful SD-WAN migration, I spoke with Dave Greenfield, Secure Networking Evangelist with Cato Networks, which has built just such a backbone.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: The Challenges of SD-WAN Network Planning in an Era of Unknowns

As interest in software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WAN) continues to rise, enterprises are coming face to face with the challenge of planning an SD-WAN migration that will serve the company today and into the future, forcing them to deal with a number of unknowns.The uncertainties include how fast the company will grow, whether new sites will be required, and what revenue and cash flow will look like. Existing and emerging security threats must be considered as well. About the only certainty is that cloud services will continually factor into the equation.Challenges inherent in network future-proofingNetwork planning in this kind of environment requires a degree of future-proofing, meaning implementing a network that is comprehensive and agile enough to accommodate new requirements without compromising on service quality or total cost of ownership. But doing so comes with considerable challenges.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: SD-WAN Enables Optimal Microsoft Office 365 User Experience

It is widely known that enterprises are rapidly migrating many of their back-office business applications and end-user collaboration tools from server-based, private data center hosted services to cloud-hosted services. Commercial software-as-a-service (SaaS) application suites like Office 365, are already some of the most widely deployed SaaS applications, and adoption by enterprises of all sizes continues to grow around the world. In a cloud-first enterprise, end users frequently need to access cloud-hosted applications like Office 365 from any location. Regardless of when and where users access cloud applications, they expect a consistent, high quality of experience.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Migrating to SD-WAN? Avoid these Pitfalls, Say IT Leaders

Whether you’re switching from MPLS or Internet VPNs, SD-WAN can jumpstart network performance, agility, and scalability, particularly for cloud applications. However, as with any migration, there can be challenges and surprises. Don’t squash productivity with unplanned outages or security breaches. Plan your migration carefully, ask the right questions, and cover your bases. Here are some key pitfalls to avoid from those who’ve been there.Security Should Work with Your SD-WAN If you’re used to backhauling cloud traffic through data-center security via MPLS, you’re bound to see a big boost in branch office cloud performance using direct Internet access. However, bypassing data-center security means you must find a way to deliver the same level of security at the branch-office level or risk a data breach. Last year, enterprises with completed SD-WAN deployments were 1.3 times more likely to experience a branch-office security breach than without, Shamus McGillicudy, Research Director at analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates reported on a recent webinar.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: The Benefits of Refreshing Router-Centric WANs with SD-WAN

The advantages of SaaS applications and other cloud services has businesses rethinking their traditional router-centric WAN strategy. That’s because many of today’s business-critical applications carry the twin challenges of needing high performance, especially for latency-sensitive applications such as unified communications, combined with high volumes of data. These requirements can quickly swamp traditional WAN connections that backhaul data and transactions through the data center. Without the ability to connect directly to the internet, application speeds slow and performance suffers.The other challenge is that routers generally only view data at the packet level, with little to no intelligent recognition or prioritization of business applications. As a result, mission-critical SaaS applications must not only compete for bandwidth with other business data, but also with non-essential traffic such as YouTube videos or Spotify streams. Without the ability to recognize, prioritize, and steer connections to business-critical SaaS applications, it’s all just data going in and out of the branch routers. The result is lowered application functionality, user experience, and business results.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Performance Lies at the Heart of all Business Innovation

The Universal Quest for Speed Business innovation has always been key to the success of organizations, especially for those willing to adopt new solutions. From the first abacus and the invention of double entry bookkeeping to the introduction of the ticker tape to copy machine, technology has one thing in common – it has always enabled business to function faster and more efficiently, saving money and increasing productivity.Today’s digital innovation is no different. Applications and device functionality continue to accelerate business. And underlying those functions is the need for performance. Organizations literally spend trillions of dollars upgrading their networks and devices to generate more computing capacity to accommodate evolving business solutions. As a result, a single end user device today has more processing power, generates more data, and requires access to more digital resources than existed in the entire world just a handful of decades ago.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: IT-as-a-Service Simplifies Hybrid IT

The data center must rapidly change. Companies are increasingly moving toward hybrid IT models, with some workloads in the cloud and others staying on premises. The burden of ever-growing apps and data is placing pressure on infrastructure in both worlds, but especially the data center.Organizations are struggling to reach the required speed and flexibility — with the same public-cloud economics — from their on-premises data centers. That’s likely because they’re dealing with legacy systems acquired over the years, possibly inherited as the result of mergers and acquisitions.These complex environments create headaches when trying to accommodate for IT capacity fluctuations. When extra storage is needed, for example, 67% of IT departments buy too much, according to Futurum Research. They don’t have the visibility into resources, nor the ability to effectively scale up and down.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: MPLS Migration: How a KISS Transformed the WANs of 4 IT Managers

Back in 1960, a Lockheed engineer named Kelly Johnson coined the acronym KISS for “keep it simple stupid.” His wise—and simple—advice was that systems tend to work better when they’re simple than when they’re complex. KISS became an essential U.S. Navy design principle and captures the crux of any WAN transformation initiative.So many of the challenges of today’s WANs stem from the sheer number of components involved. Each location may require one or more routers, firewalls, WAN optimizers, VPN concentrators, and other devices just to connect safely and effectively with other locations or the cloud. The result: multiple points of failure and a potential uptime and troubleshooting nightmare. Simply understanding the state of the WAN can be difficult with information spread across so many devices and components. Managing all the updates required to protect the network from new and evolving threats can be overwhelming.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Silver Peak and Check Point Partner to Automate Local Internet Breakout, Securing the WAN Edge for Cloud-First Enterprises

WAN edge infrastructure is one of the most rapidly changing areas of IT, driven largely by the unabated migration of business applications to SaaS offerings and to public clouds or IaaS instances. As reported recently by Forbes, 83 percent of enterprise workloads will be hosted in the cloud by 2020[1]. No longer centrally hosted solely in corporate data centers, applications are now hosted anywhere, and often in multiple locations. SaaS and IaaS providers strategically host their services in multiple data centers around the globe in metropolitan cities where business users are located. Connecting users to the closest SaaS and IaaS instances minimizes data transmission latency or delay and delivers the highest cloud application performance to end users. To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: A Business-driven SD-WAN Brings Well-Being to Healthcare Providers

This is the first installment of a multi-part blog series that will provide an overview of how technology is dramatically reshaping the healthcare industry and how the wide area network (WAN) can significantly affect innovation acceleration and customer satisfaction in this sector.Like many other industries, the healthcare industry is also undergoing a digital transformation. And, despite being always considered “behind the times” in leveraging information technology, the delivery of healthcare services is becoming more and more modern and data-driven each day. The evolution in data, mobile and cloud technologies is driving healthcare providers to shift from a provider-driven toward a patient-centric business model. Patients today have the same expectations of healthcare providers as they have of any retailer or any other product or service, and they want healthcare on their own schedule and even on-demand.To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Westcon-Comstor Builds a more Visible WAN

For Michael Soler, a senior infrastructure manager at Westcon-Comstor, a major IT distributor, moving to a software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) was as much about taking control of the network as it was about saving money.The move accomplished both, according to Soler. “It’s been a very successful story,” says Soler. “We have gained visibility, and this means control. I can see which users are using which applications, and we can look at bandwidth. We wanted to save money and we greatly succeeded.”Of course, there is more to the story than that. Soler says moving to an SD-WAN platform, built by Silver Peak, accomplished many goals at once. These included:To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: How many bytes to the gallon? The data challenge of autonomous vehicles

A few years ago, a blind man rode in a car in Austin, Texas. Normally, such a trip would not make national headlines. However, this blind man was alone in the car. That might sound like the set up for a joke, but it’s actually a pointer toward the future. The car was one of Google’s self-driving cars. After the ride, the gentleman exited the vehicle and entered history.That’s just one story in a never-ending stream of prognostication, commentary and “gee whiz” quips about the coming era of autonomous vehicles (AV). AVs are burning rubber in media of all kinds (you can find video of the blind man’s spin around the block here). Some of these stories address concerns about AVs and I don’t mean to discount them. Yet, AVs have an air of inevitability about them, don’t they? It’s not a question of “if” it happens, but “when.”To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: How a business-driven SD-WAN can deliver a multiplier effect on your cloud investments

I just left another CIO meeting with a Fortune 100 prospect who was wondering, “why Silver Peak versus the 800-pound gorilla in the networking space that offers several different ‘SD-WAN’ offerings?” The challenge she faced wasn’t about whether it was the best solution or not - Silver Peak cruised through the technical evaluation, easily winning the technical recommendation. What she really wanted to know is if she should trust the future of her next Wide Area Network (WAN) to a private company.This is a challenge we at Silver Peak face in seemingly every account we earn. The technical part isn’t the hard part, as we consistently win product evaluations and bakeoffs. What we have to prove is that it’s actually less risky to choose Silver Peak as the platform to build their next generation WAN on when compared to trying to stretch a Cisco router-centric model. To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Take the Intelligent Route with Consumption-Based Storage

Data is at the center of everything we do today. It’s a massive resource that you can use to fuel innovation, steer the business with greater insights, and rev up people to do their best work. But data overload, unpredictable workload demands, and growing maintenance and security requirements can stall important initiatives when storage systems lack the performance, scale, agility, and e­fficiency to keep up.But there’s good news. The agility and economics of HPE storage combined with HPE GreenLake let you run IT like a finely tuned engine: Improve economics with no up-front payment and 100% economic storage utilization Reduce risk of running out of capacity or wasting money by overprovisioning Accelerate value with on-demand storage solutions aligned to your workload needs Ensure control over performance, security, and compliance. Click here to view the complete infographic. To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: How HPE Metering Technology Delivers a Better Way to Consume IT

HPE GreenLake is a true pay-as-you-go, consumption-based approach to hybrid IT. It’s different from anything else on the market, so it’s not surprising that customers tend to have lots of questions. Here are some that I hear quite often:Do I have to purchase the infrastructure?No. HPE GreenLake is an “as-a-service” model, so we own and manage the equipment for you at your site, and we provide a buffer of capacity right-sized to your business. Then we measure how much you use, and we charge based on that usage.What if I run out of capacity?To read this article in full, please click here

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