Silver Peak Named by eWeek as a Finalist in the 6th Annual Excellence Awards Program

NX-7500 Chosen for Distinction in Hotly Contested Networking Infrastructure Category

Mountain View, Calif., April 5, 2006 – Silver Peak Systems announced today that eWEEK , a Ziff Davis Media publication and one of the IT industry’s leading enterprise magazines, has named the NX-7500 a finalist in eWEEK ’s Sixth Annual Excellence Awards program, in the “Networking Infrastructure” category.  Winners will be announced in May and honored at a special ceremony on May 23 in Boston, Mass. Analysis of the winning products and services will also be published in a special report in the June 19th edition of eWEEK and at .

The Silver Peak appliance was short-listed by a diverse judging panel that consisted of eWEEK Labs analysts and eWEEK Corporate Partners, senior IT professionals who act as reader advisors to eWEEK’s editorial staff.  This is the first year that all of the finalists in the “Networking Infrastructure” category are focused on accelerating application performance.  This is a shift from previous years, where short-listed products have also included Ethernet switches, routers and Wireless LAN (WLAN) controllers.  This is indicative of a significant trend in the industry, whereby enterprises are centralizing branch office servers and storage as part of strategic IT initiatives.  To achieve this, they are deploying new acceleration tools to improve application performance across the Wide Area Network (WAN).

The NX-7500 distinguishes itself among acceleration appliances in the following areas:

  • Superior scalability .  An advanced 64-bit architecture delivers over 100 Mbps of WAN throughput and 2 TB of local data store for data reduction.  This is close to 4x the throughput and scalability of alternative appliances.
  • Application breadth .  NX appliances use data reduction, protocol acceleration, compression, loss mitigation and other advanced techniques to improve the performance of all applications across the WAN.  This includes TCP applications, like file, email and web; UDP applications, like Veritas volume replicator and NFS; real-time applications, like video and Voice over IP (VoIP); and interactive applications, like Citrix. 
  • Quality of Service.  Traffic prioritization and bandwidth enforcement assure the delivery of sensitive business critical applications.
  • Enhanced data security.  Advanced 128 bit hardware encryption secures information locally stored on the NX appliances and protects traffic as it traverses the WAN.

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
Silver Peak enables enterprises to centralize branch office infrastructure and improve application performance across a Wide Area Network.  The company pioneered Local Instance Networking, a technology that reduces “server sprawl” and achieves exceptional acceleration for all applications, including bulk TCP applications, file transfer services, real-time applications like Citrix, media applications and Voice over IP (VoIP).

Silver Peak is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif.  For more information, visit

NOTE:  Silver Peak Systems, the Silver Peak logo, Silver Peak Network Memory and Silver Peak NX-Series are trademarks of Silver Peak Systems, Inc.

About the Excellence Awards
The eWEEK Excellence Awards program provides enterprise professionals with a comprehensive benchmark for assessing a wide range of technology products and services.  Evaluating the entries is a panel of experts including eWEEK Labs analysts and eWEEK Corporate Partners – senior enterprise IT professionals who act as reader representatives.

“A high level of innovation—both from start-ups and industry stalwarts--was what impressed us most about this year’s field of entries,” said Eric Lundquist, eWEEK Editorial Director. “It’s clear from the hundreds of entries evaluated by the Excellence Awards judges that vendors are responding quickly and effectively to the increasingly complex—and constantly changing—demands put on enterprise IT managers.”

eWEEK is the essential technology information source for builders of enterprise infrastructure. eWEEK helps its readers successfully evaluate, deploy and leverage new technology solutions for competitive advantage. The publication and the eWEEK .com web site deliver breaking news, technology evaluations, and strategic analysis on the technologies, platforms and trends that affect enterprise-wide computing.

About Ziff Davis Media Inc.
Ziff Davis Media is a leading integrated media company serving the technology and videogame markets. The Company is an information services provider of technology media including publications, websites, conferences, events, eSeminars, eNewsletters, custom publishing, list rentals, research and market intelligence. In the United States, the Company publishes 7 magazines including PC Magazine, eWEEK, CIO Insight, Baseline, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Computer Gaming World and Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. The Company exports the power of its brands internationally, with publications in 40 countries and 20 languages. Ziff Davis leverages its content on the Internet with a network of highly-targeted technology and gaming sites including,, and The Company also produces highly-targeted b-to-b and consumer technology events including DigitalLife. With its main headquarters and PC Magazine Labs based in New York, Ziff Davis Media also has offices and lab facilities in the San Francisco and Boston markets. Additional information is available at .