Silver Peak has unveiled Unity, which it describes an intelligent wide area network (WAN) fabric that unifies the enterprise network with the public cloud.
According to the vendor, the solution correlates information about cloud services and internet 'weather' to route traffic over an optimal path. Silver Peak said that, by keeping SaaS and IaaS traffic on the Unity fabric, enterprises would be able to monitor and control connectivity to the cloud, as well as ensure consistent SaaS performance.
"Most enterprises use dozens of SaaS services, whether IT knows about them or not," said
"That usage will only increase as enterprises shift computing workloads to the cloud. The problem is, IT staff have no insight into that traffic once it leaves the WAN. They can't troubleshoot problems or optimise applications the way they would on their own network. CIOs don't want to be responsible for performance they can't control.
Hughes said that Unity would provide the enterprise with a map of the cloud-driven network and apply new routing and intelligence to help enterprise IT to see and control connectivity to every SaaS application.
Silver Peak software installed in data centres, branch offices and cloud interconnection hubs generates the Unity fabric, a network overlay that controls and accelerates connectivity to any combination of enterprise services, IaaS resources and SaaS applications.
Each Silver Peak instance on the Unity fabric communicates with Silver Peak's Cloud Intelligence service, which aggregates constantly changing information about cloud providers and Internet weather. Unity uses this information, along with calculations from each software instance, to route traffic to the cloud over the optimal path.
The solution has already been deployed by a number of enterprises, which report being impressed by the ability that Unity provides in maintaining performance.
"With users in different parts of the world, I was not only finding it difficult to maintain consistent performance for my users, but I've been constantly surprised by new cloud applications popping up on users' screens," said
"I'm excited to see Silver Peak Unity extend that expertise to give me the ability to control the performance and management of our core cloud-based services."
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