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Silver Peak Expands Software-Defined WAN with Infoblox, Nutanix and Zscaler Partnerships

August 18, 2015

Silver Peak, a company providing WAN equipment, has announced that it is teaming up with Infoblox, Nutanix and Zscaler to expand Silver Peak’s Unity EdgeConnect ecosystem.

Unity EdgeConnect lets broadband carrier build software-define WANs.

“Silver Peak is dramatically reducing the cost and complexity of building a WAN through broadband Internet connectivity, and our simplified deployment options pave the path to a ‘thin’ branch office architecture,” said Damon Ennis, SVP of products for Silver Peak. “We are excited to take our Unity EdgeConnect solution to the next level by enabling customers to build a broadband WAN that interoperates with industry-leading networking, infrastructure, and Internet security technologies.  By joining forces with Infoblox, Nutanix and Zscaler, customers benefit by having more options to quickly connect, secure and scale their branch offices.”

Infoblox supplies the software to provide DNS, DHCP and IP address management (DDI). Doling out IP addresses gets complicated enough when administrators have to support about ten machines. Carriers have to support thousands spread out over a wide area. Nutanix handles this automatically, letting carriers deploy new sites in minutes.

Nutanix offers virtualized infrastructure to handle storage, compute and virtualization workloads. The partnership will allow Silver Peak to support virtual Unity EdgeConnect virtual appliances. The virtual appliances allow for more centralized management by carriers.

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Zscaler offers Security-as-a-Service, providing persistent detection, SSL decryption, policy management, traffic shaping and threat intelligence. The system is cloud-based and doesn’t require carriers to install any additional hardware or appliances.

Silver Peak has touted several advantages to the integrated solution. Carriers can expand or replace broadband networks without disrupting existing services. The centralized approach gives carriers greater visibility to both on-premises and cloud applications and the ability to shape and secure traffic.

The centralized approach offers greater reliability with lower capital and operating expenses. Customers in turn get lower broadband costs.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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