Instead of offering support for the free WAN acceleration engine, Silver Peak is creating an online user community that can share experiences and offer suggestions.
Silver Peak also announced enhancements to its VRX-8 data center-class, virtual WAN optimization software.
The product, first released late last year, can be run on standard x86 servers to create a WAN engine that offers up to 1Gbit/sec throughput. The new version adds support for larger networks and multiple hypervisors.
The updated VRX-8 software adds support for Citrix, Xen Server, and KVM hypervisors. It continues to support the VMware vSphere hypervisor.
The VRX-8 product was originally limited to replication-specific applications. Like entry-level VX-Xpress-based appliances, systems running VRX-8 can now support myriad applications. Previously limited to one session, the software can now support from 8 to 256,000 sessions, Cormier said.
Cormier said Silver Peak decided to expand the use cases for its WAN engines because x86-based platforms have gotten more powerful with multi-core processors, so that there's plenty of processing power to spare for WAN optimization.
"Now it's designed to be more of a general purpose WAN optimization appliance, as a hub and spoke network as well as a data center to data center replication product," he said. "Now it can address anything that runs over TCP or UDP in a network."
VRX-8 product retails for $69,995.
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