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5 Big Things To Know About The HPE-Silver Peak Acquisition

The $925 million deal will give Aruba and its channel partners a solid, pure Play SD-WAN solution that will give the competition, including Cisco and VMware, a run for their money, the networking specialist told CRN.

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Why Silver Peak?  

At Aruba, we‘ve been evolving from a leader in mobility and edge and access networking to being a full-line enterprise vendor over the last five years. Now with the Silver Peak acquisition, we are Gartner Magic Quadrant Leaders in all the areas in which we focus. There‘s really three big requirements we see and one is what we call SD-branch – basically, a branch transformation that requires wired, wireless and WAN to all function together with unified policy and management and we have a really strong solution in that space. The second is around remote workers and the third is around pure play SD-WAN, and that’s not a market we had strength in -- there’s actually only two leaders in that space -- Silver Peak and Velocloud, which was acquired by VMware. They achieved that leadership position with a very strong focus on edge-driven WAN transformation. They have very strong technology that fits very well with the Aruba approach, in particular, automation, simplicity and being able to handle the entire problem set for customer. With the combination of Silver Peak with Aruba, we can now cover all the possible needs in this space from a pure play SD-WAN, to a WAN transformation or holistic branch transformation, to remote work and micro branches, as well.

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