SOURCE: Silver Peak Systems

March 13, 2008 09:00 ET

Silver Peak Systems Joins ZipTie Open Network Alliance

Product Integration Reduces the Cost and Complexity of Managing WAN Acceleration in Multi-Vendor Networks

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2008) - Silver Peak Systems (www.silver-peak.com), a leading provider of scalable Wide Area Network (WAN) solutions, today announced it has joined the ZipTie Open Network Alliance (ZONA), a consortium of like-minded technology vendors dedicated to promoting interoperability, standardization, best practices and value-added tools for the networking community. As part of ZONA, Silver Peak has integrated its award winning NX appliances into the AlterPoint product portfolio, facilitating the centralized management of WAN acceleration appliances across large heterogeneous enterprise networks.

ZipTie is the industry's first open, multi-vendor framework for network inventory management that enables network administrators to discover, back-up and manage configuration details for any IP-networking device -- including routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, VoIP gateways and WAN/application concentrators. Through the commitment of AlterPoint, Inc. and ZONA, the ZipTie project has evolved to support thousands of users, scale to tens of thousands of devices and significantly improve security, giving large enterprises a viable, cost-effective extension to vendor-centric element management systems.

"As WAN acceleration becomes strategic to many IT initiatives, it becomes increasingly important to integrate this functionality with other networking and storage components," said Damon Ennis, vice president of product management at Silver Peak. "To that end, Silver Peak is committed to open network management standards like Netflow and SNMP that complement our own Global Management System (GMS), resulting in the best possible tools for deploying and managing WAN acceleration devices in heterogeneous network environments."

Silver Peak's WAN acceleration solution is optimized to support large networks, delivering the best performance on high capacity WAN links and across many distributed enterprise locations. Silver Peak offers the industry's premier solution for disk-based WAN deduplication -- Network Memory™ -- which reduces over 95 percent of WAN traffic and ensures LAN-like application performance across the WAN by eliminating the transfer of duplicate data. Network Memory works on all enterprise applications, regardless of transport protocol (TCP, UDP or proprietary) or latency requirements. As a result, Silver Peak is commonly used to accelerate a variety of business-critical applications, including real-time data replication, remote backup, SQL, file, email, web, Voice over IP (VoIP) and streaming video.

A dedicated Silver Peak section can be found at http://www.ziptie.org/zona/silverpeak with Silver Peak's store of content including links, scripts, change templates, rules, policies, adaptors, plug-ins and best practices.

"The concept of open network management supported by ZONA dovetails well with Silver Peak's forward-thinking approach to solving WAN acceleration issues across a broad range of enterprises," said Dave Barry, vice president of business development at AlterPoint. "WANs are not 'one size fits all' and optimizing each network requires a unique set of applications, tools and best practices. Silver Peak's commitment to ZONA and to open network management provides their customers and the industry with a superior set of solutions that match their diverse needs and requirements."

About Silver Peak Systems, Inc.

Silver Peak improves backup, replication and recovery between data centers and facilitates branch office server and storage centralization by improving application performance across the Wide Area Network (WAN). The company's award winning NX appliances deliver exceptional performance improvements with unprecedented security and scalability across all enterprise applications, including data replication, backup, file transfers, email, web and real-time applications such as Citrix and VoIP. For more information, visit http://www.silver-peak.com/infocenter.

About ZipTie

In November of 2006, AlterPoint sponsored the ZipTie open source project and contributed code under the Mozilla Public License (MPL) to offer an open framework for multi-vendor network inventory management to help network administrators and engineers, hardware vendors and software developers break free of limited, proprietary hardware element management systems. To download the ZipTie toolkit or for more information about ZipTie please visit http://www.ziptie.org.

About AlterPoint, Inc.

AlterPoint open network management solutions optimize network spend and better align IT with business imperatives. The world's most respected enterprises rely on AlterPoint to curb hardware over-provisioning, reduce specialized labor, lower the cost of compliance, and improve the availability of network services. AlterPoint's open, comprehensive network CMDB combines operational and business data to automate, analyze and optimize network change, compliance, security and equipment lifecycles. Multiple stakeholders benefit from AlterPoint's customizable analytics and dashboards for impact assessment, faster troubleshooting, compliance scorecards and trend analysis. Founded in 2001, AlterPoint is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.alterpoint.com.

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