App stores have been such a success for Android and Apple that now a WAN optimization vendor wants to get in on the action. Silver Peak has decided to offer virtual WAN optimization controllers through a new online marketplace.
Silver Peak is touting the Virtual WAN optimization Marketplace—announced in late February—as a “self-service” store featuring the entirety of Silver Peak’s virtual WAN optimization appliance portfolio. Network engineers can go there to find use cases for products, watch videos on how to deploy them, download the software and get instant access to license keys. From this new store engineers can access and deploy these products anywhere in their network and across all common hypervisors.
Considering the nearly 8,000 free downloads the recently-released Silver Peak VX-X virtual WAN optimizer has received over the past six months, Rick Tinsley, president and CEO of Silver Peak may have been onto something when he said that the industry was ready for virtual WAN optimization, although it may have taken Silver Peak time to get used to the idea. As the needs and infrastructure of the enterprise change, virtualization is becoming more appealing to networking pros, especially in light of the potential cost saving opportunities that virtualization can provide.
In keeping with the idea of providing adapted WAN optimization offerings to users, Silver Peak believes that changing how these services are delivered and how users can acquire WAN optimization is just as important. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if other vendors look into user feedback to facilitate how they too can change up how they package and deliver WAN optimization and virtual WAN optimization to potential customers.