Posted by: Gina Narcisi
virtual WAN optimization, WAN optimization, WAN optimization controllers (WOCs)
As enterprises grow and spread out into branch offices, the ability to move data around becomes critical. Employees need access to information regardless of location, and enterprises need the peace of mind to know their data can be retrieved quickly for remote users, as well as for disaster recovery scenarios.
WAN optimization vendor Silver Peak has been on the cutting edge of data center virtualization for the enterprise, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office recently recognized the vendor’s dedication to distance data movement by awarding Silver Peak with four patents for its Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) software.
The patents include:
- US Patent #8,171,238: “Identification of Data Stored in Memory”
- US Patent #8,095,774: “Pre-Fetching Data into a Memory”
- US Patent #7,948,921: “Automatic Network Optimization”
- US Patent #7,945,736: “Dynamic Load Management of Network Memory”
The software addresses the evolving enterprise WAN requirements — including shrinking real estate in the data center, noted David Hughes, founder and CTO of Silver Peak in a recent release.
In addition to the physical data center changes, enterprises must contend with new struggles associated with moving data across shared or public networks, and especially across long distances.
The newly-patented VXOA software can be deployed on any enterprise server, and move data up to 90 times faster than existing architectures, according to Silver Peak.
The shift from hardware to software isn’t just a data center trend, and adaption will be important for WAN optimization vendors moving forward. As customers are looking toward software-based WAN solutions for their changing business demands, vendors must add virtual WAN optimization software in their portfolios.