Silver Peak Delivers VXOA 6.0 – improving accelerating data over distance options

Network Virtualization — By on Monday, December 10th, 2012

Industry Firsts Include Jumbo Frame Acceleration for Replication, Workload Optimization from Citrix XenCenter, and Gigabit Performance on all Major Hypervisors

Silver Peak Systems, the leader in accelerating data over distance, today announced the availability of its Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) release 6.0. The new software release delivers record performance improvements to all Silver Peak physical and virtual products, and includes new features that enable virtualization, storage and networking professionals to accelerate their business-critical workloads quickly and easily over the wide area network (WAN).

Record Virtual Performance and Usability for Network Administrators

Silver Peak VXOA helps network administrators improve application performance over the WAN by solving common capacity, distance and quality issues. With release 6.0, Silver Peak extends its lead over the competition by offering the highest-performing (>10 Gbps) and most cost-effective WAN acceleration software. Silver Peak VXOA 6.0 now includes:

Expanded Hypervisor Performance—With VXOA 6.0, Silver Peak extends its virtual performance leadership with multi-gigabit WAN acceleration on all common hypervisors, including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and KVM. All of Silver Peak’s virtual products are available for free self-service trials from Silver Peak’s virtual marketplace.

Enhanced Replication Acceleration for Storage Administrators

Silver Peak’s VXOA software makes replication over distance easy and affordable, enabling storage administrators to meet stringent recovery point objectives (RPO). Silver Peak VXOA 6.0 augments this with the following new enhancements:

  • Jumbo Frame Acceleration—Jumbo frames (e.g. frames up to 9,000 bytes) are commonly used for high-performance data replication, packing more data into a single package to reduce network overhead and compute cycles. Silver Peak is the first WAN acceleration solution to support jumbo frames over standard 1,500-byte WANs, enabling replication solutions to achieve 50% higher throughput.
  • 20x Faster Replication in 20 Minutes—With Silver Peak’s Velocity solution, NetApp SnapMirror, Dell Compellent, and Dell EqualLogic customers can leverage VXOA to achieve 20x faster average offsite replication. Silver Peak VXOA can be deployed in under 20 minutes with no networking expertise required using Silver Peak’s unique storage-based forwarding model. Silver Peak will extend these capabilities to cover additional replication solutions from EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and others in the coming months.

Simplified Deployment Options for Virtualization Administrators

Silver Peak VXOA brings workload acceleration to virtualization professionals by using simplified deployment models and advanced software-defined acceleration (SDA) techniques. Silver Peak VXOA 6.0 delivers the following new enhancements:

  • Agility Plug-In for Citrix XenCenter—Silver Peak delivers the first point-and-click solution for accelerating virtual workloads directly from Citrix XenCenter. This puts unprecedented control in the hands of virtualization administrators managing Citrix XenServer environments, enabling them to maximize the performance of individual workloads in an easy and highly-efficient manner. (In August 2012, Silver Peak demonstrated the first plug-in for VMware vCenter).
  • Amazon Web Services Marketplace—Silver Peak is simplifying the acceleration of data and applications provisioned to the Amazon Web Services public cloud. With Silver Peak VXOA 6.0, application administrators can quickly and easily deploy a Silver Peak virtual machine within the Amazon cloud, complementing an existing Silver Peak data center or branch office deployment.

Web GMS Delivers Visibility into Application Performance from any Device
Silver Peak has re-architected its Global Management System (GMS) based on HTML5. This delivers intuitive, drag-and-drop WAN visibility from nearly any device, including Apple iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets, and Windows 8 systems. Silver Peak Web GMS is a single, centralized source for monitoring a Silver Peak-enabled WAN. This includes easy-to-use dashboards that can automatically resize and re-order to fit any size screen. Silver Peak Web GMS provides essential real-time information, such as bandwidth utilization, network quality, device status, and over a hundred other data points.

Availability
Silver Peak VXOA 6.0 is available today from Silver Peak and its global network of channel partners. Existing customers with a current support contract can upgrade to the current version the Silver Peak VXOA software.

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