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Silver Peak CTO David Hughes Addresses ‘SDN – Hype or Reality’

Silver Peak has launched the first of 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. The first video in the series looks at what’s real and what’s not with software defined networking (SDN) and why SDN may now be a “game changer.”

In this video, Hughes highlights that certain hypervisor-centric network elements will be deployed as software in the enterprise, citing the cost and simplicity benefits.

“There’ve been things like this before,” says Hughes. “Previous attempts to split the control and data plane were not successful, but now, the confluence of split data/control plane with the ability to control hypervisors directly radically changes the dynamics.”

Hughes goes on to say that SDN offers a whole new tool kit for redirecting traffic in a very seamless way, enabling companies to implement WAN optimization very easily.

The SDN video is the first in a series of six videos featuring Hughes. Each video looks at areas of IT and networking that Hughes feels will be accentuated during the coming year.

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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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