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Thoughts On The Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN Solution

Silver Peak LoogoSilver Peak was one of seven companies brave enough to demo their product in front of the Network Field Day delegates and the rest of the networking world at NFD11 in January. Silver Peak has a decade long history of providing WAN solutions focusing primarily on WAN optimization. That focus on WAN technology makes them a natural fit to enter the SD-WAN space and their SD-WAN product is exactly what they were showing off at NFD11.

The Silver Peak SD-WAN solution is named Unity EdgeConnect and consists of X86 based software that can run on commodity hardware or virtual form factors. Like most SD-WAN products, the primary goal of the solution is to abstract multiple sources of WAN bandwidth and provide intelligent decision-making regarding which paths WAN traffic should take. Rather than spending time here detailing every feature the EdgeConnect product offers, I’m going to focus on a couple of key features that piqued my interest. By no means does this indicate weakness in the areas I am not writing about. If you are interested in a more holistic view of the product offering, I highly recommend you watch the presentation here and check out the product information that can be found on the Silver Peak website.

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Using Cisco TCL To Automate Lab Resets

I have been logging a considerable amount of time behind the Cisco IOS CLI lately while working towards my CCIE R/S lab. I am lucky enough to have access to my own lab hardware for study but one of the things I identified fairly quickly was that resetting my devices between labs was taking a considerable amount of time. This time is non-productive as it isn’t being applied to learning new technologies but rather to the “process” of getting set up. I needed to find a way to quickly get all my devices back to a base configuration without expending a lot of time and effort. Here is what I came up with utilizing the TCL scripting engine on Cisco devices.

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