And so Silver Peak increasingly focused on building larger boxes and accelerating data movement on large pipes. The emphasis on scalability paid off in more ways than one: Once the product hit the market, Hughes and company discovered that the scale features they had implemented were useful in backup and data replication between datacenters. Today, storage applications represent between one-half and two-thirds of Silver Peak's business, Hughes estimates.
Looking ahead, Hughes says the company is sticking to its guns and doubling down on its original bet. "If you think about our road map in general terms, it's about doing what we do faster with more data and doing a better job of data reduction -- taking our technology and pushing it harder."
Thus, Silver Peak continues to carve out a successful niche in the WAN arena with a consolidation story years after pioneers such as Expand Networks, Peribit Networks (since acquired by Juniper), and Packeteer began wrangling over Web app acceleration and link optimization. One of the latest latecomers to the WAN market, Silver Peak seems to have arrived right on time.
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