Silver Peak partners with network analytics firm Kentik

SD-WAN provider Silver Peak is partnering with San Francisco's Kentik to add network intelligence and visibility to its Unity EdgeConnect platform. The partnership is meant to address a growing demand for network intelligence from companies that have deployed SD-WAN. Recent research from Cato Networks found that 74% of companies that had deployed SD-WAN solutions had significantly less confidence in their networks following their digital transformation. Only 37% were confident that they could protect locations from threats.

The companies said the integration will deliver comprehensive traffic visibility by adding SD-WAN overlay, underlay and application traffic details to Kentik's existing end-to-end network activity views. "As more enterprises adopt SD-WAN to support their global workforces, new network visibility gaps are emerging," said Nick Stinemates, vice president of business development at Kentik, in a press release. "This is a challenge we're excited to address by partnering with Silver Peak."

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"Silver Peak is committed to exposing the APIs and interfaces necessary to enable partners like Kentik to establish native integration with EdgeConnect, enabling joint customers to maximize both network performance and value when deploying our integrated solution," said Silver Peak VP of technical alliances Fraser Street.

As an example of a joint customer who will benefit from the alliance, the companies offered Kronos Incorporated, which sells workforce management cloud solutions. Kronos Chief IT Architect Doug Tamasanis said the combination of Silver Peak's edge platform and Kentik's network intelligence "closes the visibility gap between SD-WAN and the rest of our network infrastructure."

Silver Peak has quickly become a leading vendor in the fast-growing SD-WAN market. Dell'Oro Group recently ranked Silver Peak as the industry's second largest SD-WAN vendor, by revenue, after Cisco.

Kentik is a startup founded by executives from Akamai and Internap to provide network intelligence for dynamic networks. The company counts Zoom, IBM, Cisco, Dropbox, eBay and GoDaddy as customers. In May Kentik said it has raised $61.7 million in capital to date.