Silver Peak Enhances VRX—Industry’s only Gigabit Virtual WAN Optimization Solution

LAS VEGAS (VMworld), Aug. 29, 2011 — Silver Peak Systems, the leader in data center class wide area network (WAN) optimization, today expanded the capabilities of the world’s highest-capacity virtual WAN optimization appliance—the VRX-8.  The Silver Peak VRX-8 now supports up to 256,000 simultaneous user sessions and runs on most common hypervisor platforms.  The VRX-8 supports 1 Gbps of WAN throughput, twenty (20) times more than any other virtual WAN optimization product, and is the first and only virtual WAN optimization solution designed for all data center initiatives – from replication between data centers to centralized file services for hundreds of remote locations. 

The Silver Peak VRX-8 appliance is based on the Silver Peak Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) that powers the entire portfolio of NX, VX, and VRX products.  Silver Peak VXOA facilitates the most convenient, flexible, and low-cost options for deploying WAN optimization on a wide variety of industry standard hardware platforms and hypervisors.  Silver Peak offers the industry’s widest portfolio of physical and virtual appliances, ranging from Megabits-per-second (Mbps) to multi-Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in WAN capacity. 

(For more information on Silver Peak’s new free virtual WAN optimization offerings, see accompanying release: “Silver Peak Extends Options for ‘WAN Optimization Anywhere’ with Free Fully-Functional Virtual Appliance.”)

“Silver Peak VRX virtual WAN optimization gives customers the most convenient and comprehensive options for deploying data center class WAN optimization on any form factor in the data center,” said Larry Cormier, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Silver Peak.  “Whether you require high-performance replication between data centers, or optimizing branch office fan-in to your data center, the VRX-8 is the perfect fit.”

The VRX-8 allows enterprise customers to optimize not only data center-to-data center replication for disaster recovery and business continuity, but also optimize branch office fan-in to data centers, application centralization, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI), and cloud computing.  Silver Peak has also expanded its platform support for the VRX-8 beyond VMware VSphere to include support for most common hypervisors such as Citrix XenServer and KVM.

Optimize All Data Center Traffic
Based on Silver Peak’s VXOA, the VRX-8 virtual appliance is application, protocol, and software version agnostic, allowing customers to optimize any and all data center traffic, including:

  • Backup and recovery applications such as asynchronous backup/replication applications from EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Dell, NetApp, HP, IBM, and other leading vendors.
  • TCP-based applications, such as Windows file sharing, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Lotus Notes/Domino, Siebel, SAP, and Oracle.
  • Non-TCP applications, such as EMC VPLEX Geo, Symantec Veritas Volume Replicator, Aspera, and Brocade FCIP.
  • Interactive applications, like Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), Citrix XenApp, Sunray, and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).
  • Real-time applications, like voice-over-IP (VoIP), video conferencing, video streaming, and other unified communications.

With Silver Peak VXOA, customers can deploy high-capacity, data center class WAN optimization on a wide variety of industry standard hardware platforms and hypervisors.  Customers benefit from unique features that include Network Acceleration to overcome WAN latency, Network Integrity to correct packet delivery issues and intelligently allocate WAN resources, and Network Memory™ to maximize WAN bandwidth utilization.  The result is up to 10x cost savings that can come from decommissioning existing private-line connections and avoiding investments in larger-capacity WANs and bandwidth upgrades.

Flexible, Low-Cost Pricing Options
The Silver Peak VRX-8 and the entire family of Silver Peak physical and virtual WAN optimization appliances are available today from Silver Peak, Silver Peak’s extensive network of reseller partners, and Silver Peak’s global resale partners including Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Dell, and EMC.  Silver Peak offers free virtual WAN optimization at the very low-end, and offers perpetual and subscription licensing options for higher-capacity appliances.  List pricing for the VRX-8 is $69,995 for a perpetual license or $38,731 per year for a subscription license.  These price points are less than half the cost of competing appliances that use proprietary hardware.

Learn more about Silver Peak and the new VX-Xpress appliance at VMworld Las Vegas, booth #764, Aug. 29-Sep. 1, 2011; or at VMworld Copenhagen, booth #6, Oct. 18-20, 2011.

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
Silver Peak is the leader in data center class WAN optimization appliances that maximize WAN performance while minimizing WAN costs. The company’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) delivers unprecedented scalability and flexibility, enabling rapid deployment of WAN optimization on any platform, any hypervisor, anywhere within an enterprise.  Silver Peak’s WAN optimization solutions are strategic enablers for large IT initiatives, including data center consolidation, data migration, cloud computing, disaster recovery, server centralization, and hosted virtual desktops (VDI). For more information, visit the Silver Peak InfoCenter .