HPE took big SD-WAN play with $925M Silver Peak acquisition

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise took a big leap into the SD-WAN market with its supply to purchase networking vendor Silver Peak for $925 million.

Silver Peak’s Unity WAN expertise will slide into HPE subsidiary Aruba’s portfolio and provides it a direct shot within the aggressive arm in terms of the new SD-WAN area the place Cisco, VMware and others are attracting enterprise IT {dollars}.

Based in 2004 by David Hughes, who continues to be CEO, Silver Peak develops quite a lot of wide-area community applied sciences together with WAN optimization and SD-WAN software program.

“Our Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform is very complementary to HPE’s industry-defining SD-Department choices and it’ll turn out to be the centerpiece of Aruba’s WAN edge technique,” Hughes wrote in a blog in regards to the sale to HPE. “Upon closing the deal, we are going to turn out to be a part of HPE’s Aruba division, bringing collectively the {industry}’s most complete end-to-end safe networking portfolio from the info middle to the campus, to department and distant employee places.”

As functions proceed to maneuver to the cloud, distant working and cellular workers rise, and billions of IoT units are added to the community, the SD-WAN market is rising rapidly – or not less than it was previous to the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, HPE Aruba cites 650 Group analysis that claims the marketplace for SD-WAN will develop from $2.3 billion in 2020 to $4.9 billion in 2024. Extra lately, researchers at IDC famous that SD-WAN’s yearly progress fee, which was practically 40% till round March, fell to lower than 1% in June. However that drop is comprehensible beneath the circumstances, mentioned Brad Casemore, analysis vp, datacenter networks, at IDC.

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