Meet Wayne McFarkus

Join Wayne McFarkus on his mission to help enterprises move beyond the router to Silver Peak.

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Silver Peak develops products for wide area networks (WANs). Its technology augments or replaces Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks with secure Internet connectivity, marketed as an SD-WAN. Silver Peak invited the Tech Field Day delegates and I to their office in Santa Carla, California as part of #NFD19.

The representatives from Silver Peak included:

  • Damon Ennis, SVP of Products
  • Anusha Vaidyanathan, Director for Product Management
  • Alex Amaya, Technical Marketing

The company was founded 14 years ago and to date includes 3,000 global WAN customers. They launched their SD-WAN product 3 years ago and have since acquired 1,000+ customers worldwide. With a total of roughly 350 employees, the goal of the company is to “Get you home in the quickest manner possible” by telling the product what you do on a day to day basis and then automating the functions for you. SD-WAN, commonly known as a Software Defined Wide Area Network is referred to as a Self-Driving Wide Area Network at Silver Peak.

During Damon’s presentation, 4 Silver Peak Pillars were brought to our attention:

    • Business Driven (top down, business intent overlays):
      • Business First – the network adapts to the business needs
      • Top-Down Approach – performance, security and routing dictated by business needs
      • Priority Driven – network driven by business needs
      • No Configuration Drift – each branch configured identically to include uniform policies
      • Application-Specific Routing – application driven
      • Centralized Orchestration – single pane of class
    • Highest quality of experience (path conditioning, voice & video over internet)
      • QoEX for Users
        • Consistent reliable application performance
        • Highest quality voice and video over broadband
        • Cloud driven updates
        • Auto-RMA
          • Think of it as syncing a new cell phone to a previous backup via Orchestrator (new box is replacing the old box). Includes previous configuration like restoring from cloud. Reduces time spent to re-configure and can be done in a matter of minutes
        • Auto-Upgrade
          • New appliance upgrades or downgrades software accordingly
          • Automating through Orchestration
      • QoEX for IT
        • High availability and resiliency
        • No more bottlenecks
        • Centralized orchestration
    • Continuous Adaptation (Artificial Intelligence driven, self learning, adaptive orchestration)
      • Manages millions of tunnels, adapts to address changes, MTU changes in real-time
      • Real-time link selection
      • Internet breakout adapts in Real-Time
      • Drag & Drop Service
    • Unified Platform (designed as one, single pane of glass)
      • Simplicity, designed as one (delivers SD-WAN, firewall, WAN optimization, segmentation, routing, application visibility and control)
      • Centralized orchestration (WAN can be monitored through one single pane of glass)
      • Rapid deployment
      • Leverage existing investments 
      • Broadest security ecosystem which includes Palo Alto Networks, Zscaler and Checkpoint to name a few

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The image below (a single pane of glass) describes Silver Peak’s centralized orchestration model because allows the WAN to be monitored in a unified platform.

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Orchestrator is the brains behind the SD-WAN solution provided by Silver Peak and it includes Application-Driven routing and can be delivered via virtual machine, public cloud or Silver Peak’s cloud and provides reporting capabilities via UI. An example of Orchestrator is pictured below.

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Pictured below is an an example of Silver Peak’s Unity EdgeConnect.

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Anusha Vaidyanathan, Director for Product Management followed up and provided us with an Automation of Security Policies demo. The key points from the demo covered the Centralized Security Policy Configuration (it’s real, clickable) and the following features:

  • Security policy matrix through Unity Orchestrator
  • Defines and applies unique security policies by zone
  • Segment and assign applications to zones for secure user access
  • Map LAN-side zones to WAN-side segments

Benefits include centralized orchestration and automation with ease of configuration, and a consistent policy enforcement which reduces errors. Additionally End-to-End zone based segmentation that includes threat containment, security, compliance and no additional branch firewall is needed for access security.

Alex Amaya from Technical Marketing closed out the presentation with his demo covering the Auto-RMA Wizard. Silver Peak’s RMA method was created to expedite the process w\ minimal disruption and complexity.  It enables EdgeConnect appliances in one pass to replace a faulty appliance to include the same hostname, configuration and software version while reducing human error and maintenance windows.

The names for each of the presentations\demos is listed below with a hyperlink for your convenience.

For more information about Silver Peak, Tech Field Day and how to become a TFD – please click on the links below:

Please take a moment to subscribe to the YouTube channel which also includes watching the various videos that were posted throughout the day. Kudos to PrimeImage Media for recording the live sessions.

Credit also goes to Stephen Foskett, Tom Hollingsworth, Ben Gage, Mel Zura and the entire Tech Field Day staff for coordinating a seamless event.

 

 

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