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Silver Peak CTO Says Wide Area Network Bottleneck Worse Today than 10 Years Ago

Silver Peak Systems today released the fourth installment in a six-part video series that features Silver Peak founder and CTO, David Hughes, looking ahead into the key information technology (IT) trends for 2013. In this video, Hughes highlights how the wide area network (WAN) bottleneck is persisting due to data and Internet traffic growth.

“The increase in traffic, whether it be the amount of storage being deployed, the uptake of replicating storage data, or if you just look at the growth of traffic on the Internet, it’s staggering,” said Hughes. “There is a worse WAN bottleneck today than there was 10 years ago.”

Hughes goes on to note that the WAN performance problems today are not necessarily related to bandwidth, but more about latency (distance) and network quality.

Each video in the series examines areas of IT and networking that Hughes feels will be accentuated during the coming year. The first video in the series featured Hughes’ thoughts on the hype and reality of software defined networking (SDN), the second video focused on how virtualization is redefining IT, and the third looked at offsite data replication becoming mainstream.

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About Dr. David Hughes

Dr. David Hughes is founder and CTO of Silver Peak Systems. He started Silver Peak in 2004 after a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. David holds fifteen patents covering packet scheduling, routing and control algorithms. He earned his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auckland University in New Zealand.

About Silver Peak Systems

Silver Peak software accelerates data between data centers, branch offices and the cloud. The company’s software-defined acceleration solves network quality, capacity and distance challenges to provide fast and reliable access to data anywhere in the world. Leveraging its leadership in data center class wide area network (WAN) optimization, Silver Peak is a key enabler for strategic IT projects like virtualization, big data and disaster recovery. Download Silver Peak software today at silver-peak.com/marketplace.

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