Application-specific optimization may not fly as WAN demands evolve

@66108Earlier this year, WAN optimization developer Silver Peak Systems Inc. joined EMC Corp. and network solutions maker Brocade in Boston to talk about distributed storage systems, disaster recovery and cloud-based network backup. It was a heady discussion, made better by the venue at one of Boston's better restaurants, a former jailhouse where social recovery definitely took precedence over data recovery.

Silver Peak took part in the meeting of the network minds because it has built a business around developing enterprise-class WAN performance solutions that reduce such things as packet loss and latency. The company is also fanatical about generic WAN optimization solutions (as opposed to application-specific) and real-time forecasting tools that help spot small problems before they get bigger.

Long after the dessert plates were cleared, SearchEnterpriseWAN site editor Tim Scannell spent some time with Silver Peak president & CEO Rick Tinsley to talk about generic WAN optimization approaches, virtualization and file acceleration techniques. What follows is an excerpt of that conversation.

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