Silver Peak Positioned as Visionary in Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

Santa Clara, Calif., December 28, 2010 Silver Peak Systems, the leader in data center class Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization , announced today that it has been positioned in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the Gartner 2010 “Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers.” (Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization Controllers, Severine Real, Andy Rolfe, Joe Skorupa, December 23, 2010.

“2010 has been a year of upward momentum across the board for Silver Peak,” said Larry Cormier, senior vice president of marketing for Silver Peak. “Revenues, customers, channel partners, technology breakthroughs, new product introductions, and global expansion— all evidence of our ability to deliver in a rapidly changing market segment.  We believe our placement in the Visionary quadrant reflects that momentum as well as affirms our vision for scalable, high capacity WAN optimization for data centers, global networks, and emerging private cloud computing.”

Silver Peak’s position in the Magic Quadrant closes out a banner year that included being named to the Wall Street Journal's list of top 50 venture backed companies, broad international expansion , and continued data center partnerships with Avaya, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), HP, NetApp, and Xiotech.  Leading customers from around the globe have deployed Silver Peak’s award-winning NX and VX appliances, and the recently released VRX data center class virtual appliances , which scale from Mbps to Gbps of WAN capacity.  The products are designed to optimize all IP traffic regardless of transport protocol and application version. 

According to the report, “WAN optimization is about improving the performance of business applications over WAN connections. Most networks carry a variety of traffic types of differing characteristics and importance. Many organizations are striving to manage this traffic to optimize the response times of critical applications and reduce costs, given that bandwidth continues to represent a significant proportion of operating expenditure for wide-area data networks. But the cost of bandwidth isn't the only consideration — matching the allocation of WAN resources to business needs is also important. And as resources are increasingly centralized, minimizing the effect of latency on application response times is becoming a critical requirement. In addition, virtualization and new application environments such as cloud computing and Web services can put an unexpected strain on the network.”

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About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
Silver Peak develops data center class network appliances that maximize WAN performance while minimizing WAN costs.  The company’s unique network approach to WAN optimization delivers unprecedented scalability and flexibility, enabling enterprises to rapidly move large amounts of data across long distances.  Silver Peak’s WAN optimization solution is a strategic enabler for large IT initiatives, including data center consolidation, data migration, disaster recovery, server centralization, and global application / desktop virtualization.

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