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Silver Peak launches more VRX WAN optimization software

Silver Peak Systems Inc. is building out its Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) that allows storage administrators to bypass network administrators when they need to improve application performance through WAN acceleration.

The company announced Web-based downloadable software products aimed at increasing accelerating offsite data replication workloads. The SilverPeak VRX-2, VRX-4 and VRX-8 software are virtual WAN-optimizing products that support VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen  and KVM hypervisors. The virtual WAN optimization software is compatible with IP-based array replication software from Dell, EMC, IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard and NetApp.

SilverPeak VRX-2 can handle up to  per replication throughput per hour, while the VRX-4 can handle 400 GBs per replication throughput per hour and the VRX-8 handles up to 1.5 TB per replication throughput per hour. Annual licenses for each cost $2,764, $8,297 and $38,731, respectively.

Silver Peak CEO Rick Tinsley said the VRX-8 is positioned more for large deployments such as EMC’s EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) asynchronous product, RecoveryPoint and EMC DataDomain backup. The small VRX versions are tailored more for Dell EqualLogic replication.

In December 2012, Silver Peak Systems brought out Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture 6.0 WAN optimization software with expanded support for virtualization hypervisors. The WAN acceleration software, which operates on Silver Peak’s NX physical and VRX virtual appliances are part of the company’s strategy to give storage administrators the ability to more efficiently improve application performance, reduce bandwidth costs without involving network administrators to re-configure network switches and routers.

“Back in December, we did make enhancements to our software that made it easier for storage managers to deploy our technology, which we call our Velocity initiative, but it was not productized specifically for storage managers at that time,” according to a SilverPeak spokesperson. “This is the next phase and culmination of those Velocity developments, where these new VRX software products are uniquely priced and positioned with the storage managers in mind by addressing storage concerns such as ‘shrinking RPOs’ and how many terabytes-per-hour can be moved to an offsite location.”

In March, Silver Peak announced its Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA) software can be used for WAN optimization in Amazon cloud deployments for off-site replication and lower disaster recovery costs.

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