Silver Peak integrates with VMware network virtualisation
By Digital News Asia August 30, 2013
- Enables rapid, on-demand deployment of network services in virtualised data centres
- Customers can move data at accelerated rates between virtual machines in separate centres
SILVER Peak has announced the integration of its data acceleration software with VMware NSX, the latter’s platform for network virtualisation.
The integration uses Silver Peak’s Agility software to provide point-and-click traffic redirection and workload optimisation from one virtual machine (VM) to another across VMware NSX virtualised networks, Silver Peak said in a statement.
The rapid adoption of server virtualisation and hybrid cloud infrastructure has resulted in a completely new operational model for deploying and managing application workloads in today’s software defined data centres, Silver Peak said.
The network has historically been a barrier to achieving the full benefits of virtualisation and workload mobility because of complex physical network topology, manual configuration of network equipment, and a reliance on vendor-specific expertise, it said.
Agility, combined with VMware NSX, can help overcome these challenges by enabling rapid, on-demand deployment of network services in virtualised data centres, Silver Peak claimed.
The software redirects and optimises traffic between VMs without the need for complex router configurations and networking expertise. This allows virtualisation administrators to quickly and easily optimise the performance of individual workloads between data centres, remote offices and the cloud with increased simplicity, it said.
“Networking technology can be complex to implement through the eyes of non-networking IT personnel, but as the network transforms from a hardware model to a software delivery model, it becomes essential for non-networking professionals to enable and manage network services at-will,” said Silver Peak chief executive officer David Hughes.
“Our core competencies in WAN optimisation and virtualisation have Silver Peak uniquely-positioned to help customers automate and optimise the deployment of virtualised network services across their software defined data centres,” he claimed.
Hatem Naguib, vice president of cloud networking and security at VMware, claimed that VMware NSX would set the standard for network virtualization by “decoupling networking functions from the underlying physical infrastructure and automating network services to dramatically simplify IT service delivery.
“By combining VMware NSX with Silver Peak, customers will be able to move data at accelerated rates between VMs in separate virtualised data centres,” he said.
Virtualised wide area network (WAN) optimisation software has already proven to be a critical requirement for moving more data over longer distances, and in less time, Silver Peak said.
The software-based approach is a fast and cost-effective way to overcome bandwidth, distance and quality challenges that hinder data mobility performance for disaster recovery and access to localised resources across multiple data centres, including cloud and MSP (managed services provider) environments.
Silver Peak Agility combined with VMware NSX will enable a smooth transition to network virtualisation while maximizing current investments, maintaining service levels, and assuring application performance over distance, the company claimed.
Silver Peak’s support for networking and security within the VMware vCloud Suite also helps cloud managers easily scale from a few applications to thousands of optimised applications, it said.
Silver Peak virtual WAN optimisation software is available today for free self-service trials from the Silver Peak software marketplace. Silver Peak Agility integrated with VMware network virtualisation is also available today for no additional charge as part of Silver Peak’s Global Management System (GMS) 6.2. Silver Peak GMS pricing starts at US$4,995.
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