Ares Management Invests in Silver Peak for WAN Acceleration

Private Investment Firm Accelerates SAN Replication, Ensures Secure Access to Centralized Application Servers

Santa Clara, Calif., June 2, 2008 Silver Peak Systems , a leading provider of scalable Wide Area Network (WAN) acceleration solutions, today announced that Ares Management, a leading private investment firm, has selected Silver Peak NX appliances as a key enabler for the company’s data protection and server consolidation plans.  By accelerating the transfer of data between facilities in the United States and Europe, the company has improved employee collaboration while ensuring that sensitive client data remains safe and secure at all times. 

“By overcoming WAN performance issues, Silver Peak helped us reap the cost, management, and security benefits of centralized application servers,” said  Ping Ooi, Assistant Vice President at Ares Management.  “In addition, WAN acceleration has improved our disaster recovery initiatives by enabling real-time replication of our Compellent SAN between Los Angeles and New York.”

The Silver Peak solution is optimized to support large networks, delivering the best performance on high capacity WAN links and across many distributed enterprise locations.  Silver Peak offers the industry’s premier solution for disk-based WAN deduplication – Network Memory™ – which reduces over 95 percent of WAN traffic and ensures LAN-like application performance across the WAN by eliminating the transfer of duplicate data.  Network Memory works on all enterprise applications, regardless of transport protocol (TCP, UDP or proprietary) or latency requirements.  As a result, Silver Peak is commonly used to accelerate a variety of business-critical applications, including real-time data replication, remote backup, SQL, file, email, web, Voice over IP (VoIP) and streaming video.

“WAN optimization is a must have when doing backup and recovery between data centers,” said Jim Andronaco, president of Sidepath, Silver Peak’s reseller partner at Ares Management.  “Time and time again we see enterprises like Ares turn to Silver Peak when data volumes are saturating WAN connections and jeopardizing recovery point and time objectives.”

About  Ares Management
Ares Management is a private investment firm with over $20.0 billion of committed capital under management.  Founded in 1997 Ares Management specializes in managing assets in both the private equity and leveraged finance markets.  Ares Management’s leveraged finance activities in the U.S. and Europe are conducted through its capital market group and its management of Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC), a publicly traded business development corporation. Ares Management's expertise enables the firm to structure investments to meet the specific needs of companies rather than the less flexible demands of the public markets. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York and London ( ).

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
Silver Peak improves backup, replication and recovery between data centers and facilitates branch office server and storage centralization by improving application performance across the Wide Area Network (WAN). The company’s award winning NX appliances deliver exceptional performance improvements with unprecedented security and scalability across all enterprise applications, including data replication, backup, file transfers, email, web and real-time applications such as Citrix and VoIP. For more information, visit

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