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Silver Peak and Avaya Integrate WAN Optimization on Branch Routers to Optimize Voice, Video and Data to Remote Offices

July 2011 by Marc Jacob

Silver Peak Systems and Avaya announced the availability of Silver Peak’s VX family of virtual WAN optimization appliances on the Avaya Secure Router (SR) 4134. The integrated solution optimizes the performance of enterprise voice, video, and unified communications (UC), and ensures that remote users have fast and reliable access to all centralized applications. It will allow customers to reduce IT complexity by simplifying equipment needs in their branch and remote offices, and help them improve employee productivity by enhancing the performance of enterprise-wide business applications.

The Avaya SR 4134 is a modular, multiservice platform that integrates WAN routing, stateful firewall, VPN, VoIP gateway, and Ethernet switching into a single highly-reliable device. A dedicated high-performance server module provides the Avaya SR 4134 with the ability to host virtual appliances and third party applications, such as the Silver Peak VX-series virtual WAN optimization appliance. The server module supports dedicated CPU, memory, and storage, allowing the Silver Peak virtual WAN optimization appliance to operate independently of the Avaya SR 4134 routing platform. The result is an integrated branch office solution which addresses the complete communications and wide area networking requirements of enterprise branch offices.

The Silver Peak VX-series virtual WAN optimization appliances are easily deployed and managed on the Avaya Secure Router 4134 Server Module. The Silver Peak virtual appliances overcome WAN bandwidth challenges while at the same time improving remote office user experiences with other applications running over a shared WAN. These applications can include video, voice/VoIP, VDI, and other cloud-based applications. By accelerating branch traffic at the IP layer, Silver Peak can help distributed enterprises optimize all applications running over the WAN.

The VX family of virtual WAN optimization appliances include Silver Peak Network Memory™ technology to significantly reduce the amount of data traversing the WAN and ensure LAN-like application performance. Network Acceleration™ techniques allow VX appliance customers to overcome WAN latency and safely extend the distance of networks, while Network Integrity™ features mitigate the effects of packet loss across the WAN, enabling customers to leverage existing MPLS or IP/VPN WAN connections at the branch at a fraction of the cost of dedicated WANs and without sacrificing quality. The virtual appliances also use state-of-the-art header and cross-flow payload compression for immediate first-pass gains. Silver Peak’s Global Management System (GMS) provides simplified management, monitoring, and alerting, enabling customers to quickly diagnose and resolve any application-layer throughput issues as a result of WAN conditions.

Silver Peak is a member of the Avaya DevConnect program—an initiative to develop, market and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology and extend the value of a company’s investment in its network.

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