SOURCE: Silver Peak Systems

November 20, 2008 09:11 ET

Merial Selects Silver Peak Systems for WAN Acceleration

NX Appliances Transform Business Processes; Cut IT Costs as Part of a Global Application Centralization Initiative

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2008) - Silver Peak Systems, the leader in scalable Wide Area Network (WAN) acceleration, today announced that Merial, a world leader in research, manufacturing and marketing of animal health pharmaceuticals and vaccines, has selected Silver Peak NX appliances to accelerate application performance and reduce bandwidth costs across the company's global footprint. With Silver Peak, Merial is transforming its business processes by centralizing ERP and other applications into managed hosting facilities. In addition, Silver Peak's WAN acceleration technology enables the company to collaborate more effectively on a global scale while minimizing bandwidth expenditures.

"With Silver Peak's WAN acceleration solution, Merial has turned the Internet into a cost effective medium for delivering dozens of business critical applications to employees located throughout the world," said Mark Worrel, executive director of global infrastructures at Merial. "By improving the effectiveness of our IT infrastructure, Silver Peak is strategic to Merial's larger business objectives."

Silver Peak leverages a variety of real-time network optimization techniques to maximize application performance across the WAN while minimizing IT operational costs. These include:

-- Network Acceleration to overcome WAN latency

-- Network Integrity to correct packet loss and WAN quality problems

-- Network Memory™ to maximize WAN bandwidth utilization

Silver Peak's unique network approach to WAN acceleration optimizes every application that runs over IP, including file, email, web, SQL, Voice over IP (VoIP), streaming video, Citrix, Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), real-time data replication, and remote backup. Silver Peak is the only WAN acceleration solution with real-time techniques like Forward Error Correction (FEC) that optimize IP VPN and MPLS networks. These overcome the quality challenges common to shared WAN technologies.

Silver Peak revolutionizes the enterprise WAN landscape by delivering cost-effective bandwidth with high throughput and predictable performance. This makes Silver Peak strategic to a variety of business initiatives, from server centralization and storage consolidation to real-time collaboration and disaster recovery.

About Merial

Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs more than 5,000 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Its 2007 sales were nearly $2.5 billion. Merial Limited is a joint venture between Merck & Co., Inc. and sanofi-aventis. For more information, please see www.merial.com.

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.

Silver Peak is the leader in scalable Wide Area Network (WAN) acceleration. The company's award-winning NX appliances optimize all current and future applications across an entire enterprise, making Silver Peak strategic to a variety of core business initiatives, such as server centralization, real-time collaboration and disaster recovery. For more information on the Silver Peak solution, visit http://www.silver-peak.com/infocenter

NOTE: Silver Peak Systems, the Silver Peak logo, Network Memory and Silver Peak NX Series are trademarks of Silver Peak Systems, Inc.

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