SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 28, 2017 – Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, today announced a series of new advancements to the Unity EdgeConnect high-performance SD-WAN solution that will enable enterprises to realize the advantages of a thin branch office. With its latest software release, EdgeConnect becomes the industry’s first fully integrated SD-WAN solution to combine high-performance SD-WAN, WAN Optimization, routing and a stateful firewall. These advancements simplify and consolidate branch office infrastructure, shift the WAN edge toward being application-driven and enable secure, direct internet connectivity to SaaS and trusted web-based applications from the branch office. With more than 350 customer deployments and counting, EdgeConnect is fast becoming the preferred SD-WAN solution for geographically distributed enterprises and partners including Clair Global, Bentley Systems, Radial Inc., and NuSpective Solutions.
According to Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst Joe Skorupa, “By 2020, more than 50 percent of WAN edge infrastructure refresh initiatives will be based on SD-WAN versus traditional routers.”
SD-WAN Powers the Thin Branch
Silver Peak EdgeConnect liberates enterprises from the cost, complexity and headaches associated with legacy router-centric branch office infrastructure. With a series of new innovations and capabilities, EdgeConnect can power an application-driven WAN edge and enable enterprises, of all sizes, to confidently embrace commodity broadband to connect users directly to applications, whether they are hosted in the cloud or the data center. By consolidating branch office infrastructure at the WAN edge, enterprises can dramatically simplify operations and lower costs without sacrificing network or application performance.
Granular SaaS and Cloud Application Visibility and Control with First-packet iQ
EdgeConnect incorporates a new feature called First-packet iQ that automatically identifies more than 10,000 applications and 300 million web domains based on the first packet received. With granular insight into HTTP/HTTPS traffic, First-packet iQ enables internet breakout automation by steering specific, trusted SaaS and web-based application traffic directly to the internet while directing unknown or suspicious traffic to a regional hub or data center firewall for further inspection. Direct internet breakout automation optimizes SaaS and web application performance, enhancing worker productivity and business agility. First-packet iQ utilizes sophisticated techniques to provide the highest levels of application awareness and intelligence available today. The techniques include a dynamic application data repository based on DNS queries and hosted in the Silver Peak cloud portal, DPI, TCP/UDP port data and IP protocol methods to assure accurate application identification on the first packet.
Integrated Stateful Firewall for Secure Internet Breakout
EdgeConnect now integrates a stateful firewall that supports foundational firewall and security capabilities for branch office locations that do not host applications. The integrated stateful firewall allows outbound traffic to exit, but only allows ingress traffic to enter in response to user-initiated sessions providing robust, thin branch security. For applications traffic directed to regional or corporate firewalls, EdgeConnect supports simple service chaining across its industry-leading technology alliance ecosystem that includes: Check Point Software, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks and Zscaler.
Seamless Routing Interoperability
EdgeConnect now supports industry-standard BGP routing protocols for seamless interoperability between the SD-WAN and legacy WAN architectures. BGP routing protocols facilitate full mesh network configurations and dramatically simplify the addition of local subnets to an SD-WAN, enabling enterprises to transition to an SD-WAN at a comfortable pace. The combination of an integrated stateful firewall and routing interoperability enables progressive enterprises seeking to rapidly integrate acquired companies or consolidate branch office infrastructure to transition to a thin branch without sacrificing the performance, security and reliability of their WAN.
“We’re embarking upon a long overdue revolution of the legacy WAN as enterprise network managers reach a boiling point over the rigidity, complexity and escalating costs associated with router-centric architectures,” said Damon Ennis, senior vice president, products at Silver Peak. “Increasingly, enterprises are seeking to simplify branch and WAN Edge infrastructure with SD-WAN solutions that connect users directly from branch offices to cloud-hosted applications without sacrificing application performance. EdgeConnect enables distributed enterprises to immediately or progressively transform their router-centric WAN infrastructures to an SD-WAN to gain the performance, security, reliability and control they require to keep pace with changing business requirements.”
Founded in 1984, Bentley Systems is a global leader in comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure. With a global footprint spanning more than 50 countries, the performance and availability of the firm’s network and applications is critical to enabling its more than 3,000 employees, across 90 locations, to design, develop and deliver a complete portfolio of infrastructure lifecycle management software.
“Our managed NaaS-based SD-WAN solution was proving cost prohibitive to scale so we conducted a proof-of-concept and selected Silver Peak EdgeConnect. We selected EdgeConnect for its superior performance, advanced feature-set and ability to cost-effectively scale in line with our business requirements,” said David Craig, network manager, Bentley Systems, Inc. “We put our trust in Silver Peak as the first customer to deploy BGP routing in a production network and we are very satisfied with our ability to easily create a full mesh network and dynamically route traffic between our 15-central hub and 80+ satellite office sites. To date, we’ve realized a 15 percent gain in network and application performance and we’re on track to a three-month ROI that will enable us to save more than $1.4M in connectivity costs over the coming three years.”
Founded in 1966, Clair Global, based in Lititz Pennsylvania, provides its clients with industry-leading production equipment and services for concerts, corporate events and festivals around the world. With a mission to exceed client expectations, the performance of the firm’s network and applications is critical to the overall success of their business.
“To simplify network operations and lower connectivity costs, we evaluated a range of SD-WAN solutions and ultimately selected EdgeConnect for its high-performance, advanced features and ease of deployment,” said Ben Harris, lead network administrator, Clair Global. “We deployed the EdgeConnect software, taking advantage of 2-way BGP routing to mesh our global sites together and enable us to simplify router management, embrace commodity broadband and seamlessly connect our employees to the applications that drive our business. From inventory control to VoIP and client data our network and applications are performing better than ever before. More simply put, EdgeConnect has been a game-changer for Clair Global.”
Radial Inc., headquartered in King of Prussia Pennsylvania, is the leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, enabling brands and retailers to profitably exceed retail customer expectations from ‘behind-the-click’ with advanced order submission, payment authorization and rapid shipping and fulfillment systems. The firm’s wide area network and applications underpin its continued success and will serve to fuel future growth and expansion.
“Our deployment of the EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution brings us new levels of simplicity and flexibility in connecting our employees to business applications using cost-effective broadband transport,” said Ray Stegmaier, senior director of network operations, Radial Inc. “With new capabilities like BGP routing combined with integrated WAN Optimization with Unity Boost and advanced application visibility and control with Unity Orchestrator, we’ve regained control of our network and can take full advantage of commodity broadband without compromising network or application performance. EdgeConnect has proven phenomenal for us, the shift has been transparent to employees and we’re well on our way toward reducing our monthly MPLS connectivity costs.”
NuSpective Solutions, based in Pleasanton, California is a leading solution partner that provides IT services to enterprise clients of all sizes. The firm’s solution partnerships span best-in-class data center and networking infrastructure OEMs and top tier Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers. It specializes in enabling clients to design and deploy a managed infrastructure leveraging any combination of managed hosting, private cloud and public cloud assets around the globe.
“As enterprise applications migrate to the cloud, it’s driving a reevaluation of WAN requirements that include evaluating SD-WAN solutions to simplify and consolidate branch office infrastructure and leverage the favorable economics of broadband to connect branch office users directly to applications, whether they reside in the data center or the cloud” said Bob Murtagh, principal and co-founder at NuSpective Solutions. “We’re helping our clients to navigate a gamut of SD-WAN vendors’ solutions, but in the end, with the advancements that Silver Peak has announced today, we’re confident Silver Peak offers the industry’s most complete SD-WAN solution that provides enterprises with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport to deliver an unmatched user experience edge to edge.”