Silver Peak Ships First Multi-Gigabit WAN Optimization Appliance for Next-Generation Data Centers

Silver Peak NX-10K Simplifies Data Center Networking and Acceleration for Cloud Computing and Virtualization with Multiple 10 Gbps Interfaces, Small 2U Footprint, and Support for All Applications

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2011 Silver Peak Systems today extended its data center class wide area network (WAN) optimization leadership with the release of the new NX-10000 (NX-10K) appliance. The Silver Peak NX-10K is the industry’s first multi-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) WAN optimization appliance built for next-generation data centers supporting cloud and virtualization architectures. The NX-10K is the latest addition to Silver Peak’s full range of physical and virtual WAN optimization appliances, all of which provide the most-scalable and cost-effective WAN optimization for data center and branch office deployments. The new Silver Peak NX-10K appliance delivers three-times more capacity and throughput performance than its nearest competitor.

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“Highly-scalable, multi-gigabit WAN optimization will play a critical role in next-generation data centers as more applications, data, and services become centralized and delivered to remote sites over a WAN,” said Joe Skorupa, research vice president, data center convergence, Gartner . “For large enterprises and managed service providers planning to support technologies such as cloud computing and virtualization, achieving the highest degree of performance while simplifying data center architecture around space, cooling, and power will be crucial.”

The growing adoption of virtualization and cloud computing combined with more applications converging in the data center is driving IT leaders to re-architect the data center. The evolving requirements of these new data centers, which are evident now in Silver Peak’s larger customer deployments, include standardizing on larger capacity WANs and 10 Gbps local area network (LAN) infrastructures to support data and application mobility, collaboration, and availability across distributed environments. The Silver Peak NX-10K helps customers “future-proof” the data center for these emerging deployments with four 10 Gbps interfaces, 2.5 Gbps of WAN throughput, and optimization for all internet protocol (IP) traffic and applications in a single appliance. This enables customers to simplify their network deployments and reduce costs by deploying fewer appliances in the data center while also allowing them to add more applications over the WAN. Whether it is deployed between data centers, or between data centers and multiple branch offices, the NX-10K provides the same performance and features.

“Silver Peak has architected a WAN optimization solution that enables us to cost effectively deliver high value services, including the highest performing and most reliable cloud backup solution—Teracloud,” said Jürgen Hansjosten, CEO of Teragate, a service provider for next generation corporate WAN and cloud services. “Only Silver Peak has the capacity to take advantage of our multi gigabit network core while allowing us to seamlessly deliver our services to any customer location via a wide array of physical and virtual appliance offerings."

Data Center Class WAN Optimization
With a two-rack-unit (2U) form-factor, the NX-10K is highest capacity WAN optimization appliance with the smallest footprint, which saves space and minimizes cooling and power in the data center. The appliance supports 2.5 Gbps of WAN bandwidth with 256,000 simultaneous sessions—the largest capacity of any WAN optimization appliance. The NX-10K appliance includes a 1.6 terabyte resilient local data store using solid state drives (SSDs), and includes four 10 Gbps Ethernet interfaces to simplify networking deployments in data centers configured for 10 Gbps connectivity.

The Silver Peak NX-10K appliance uses the same network optimization techniques as the entire family of Silver Peak NX physical appliances, and VX and VRX virtual appliances . This gives customers the most comprehensive set of options for optimizing a distributed environment, and ensures consistent features and performance from the smallest branch office to the largest data center.

Silver Peak’s unique features optimize all IP traffic and applications over the WAN:

  • Network Acceleration: Overcomes WAN latency and mitigates the impact of latency across the WAN by using protocol acceleration techniques, including the adjustment of TCP window sizes, selective TCP acknowledgements, and CIFS read-ahead and write-behinds. These tools help to overcome protocol chattiness that can otherwise prevent applications from working properly over long distances.
  • Network Integrity: Corrects packet delivery issues common with cloud and MPLS technologies, using adaptive Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Packet Order Correction (POC) technology to rebuild lost and out-of-order packets in real-time. Advanced quality of service (QoS) techniques prioritize traffic, while granular traffic shaping policies to guarantee network resources.
  • Network Memory: Works to maximize WAN bandwidth utilization. Silver Peak’s patented solution for disk-based WAN deduplication maximizes available WAN bandwidth across an enterprise. Network Memory inspects all traffic at the byte level and stores copies of content in high-capacity disk drives and SSDs. Advanced finger-printing techniques recognize repetitive patterns for local delivery, eliminating the transfer of duplicate data across the WAN

“Silver Peak continues to prove itself as the data center class WAN optimization leader, being the first to deliver gigabit WAN optimization on physical and virtual appliances, and today raising the bar with the industry’s first multi-gigabit WAN optimization appliance,” said Damon Ennis, vice president of product management and field engineering for Silver Peak. “Megatrends like cloud computing and virtualization will place new demands on the data center for WAN capacity and LAN connectivity, and Silver Peak is in front of this with the only WAN optimization product truly suitable and built from the ground up for the next-generation data center.”

Availability and Pricing
The Silver Peak NX-10K 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 provides customers the most flexible options for deploying WAN optimization in any environment. Pricing for Silver Peak’s family of physical and virtual WAN optimization appliances starts at $2,995, and pricing for the new NX-10K for next-generation data centers is $299,995.

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
Silver Peak develops data center class WAN optimization 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 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 http://www.silver-peak.com/infocenter .