HPE acquires the vendor of SD-WAN solutions Silver Peak Systems for 925 million dollars (814 million euros). Silver Peak will be merged with HPE Aruba.

The acquisition provides HPE with a specialist that helps customers achieve better WAN networks. Silver Peak’s SD-WAN technology enables customers to virtualize the network between headquarters and branch offices. This allows administrators to manage day-to-day operations more efficiently at a central location. This leads to reduced costs when managing long-distance connections.

Right time

The acquisition of Silver Peak comes at a convenient time for HPE. In addition to providing connections between the various offices, customers increasingly want to use SD-WAN solutions to provide other business-related connectivity. Especially the connectivity that connects applications and other workloads to the various (multi)cloud environments.

SD-WAN platform and other services

Specifically, Silver Peak offers its SD-WAN platform Unity EdgeConnect. The platform is only available as software or as part of physical appliances. The platform offers automation functionality to give priority to applications such as video conferencing tools to solve connectivity problems.

In addition, the vendor offers the Unity Orchestrator product. This is a central console for managing SD-WAN deployments. Furthermore, Unity Boost helps to optimize these deployments.

Expansion of Aruba portfolio

HPE will use Silver Peak’s technology to further expand the product portfolio of its network subsidiary Aruba. For this purpose, HPE wants to combine the SD-WAN technology with Aruba’s Edge Server Platform. With the latter platform based on AI, customers can solve their network problems automatically.

The deal should be finalized in October of this year.