David Hughes

Founder & CEO, Silver Peak Systems

Founder & CEO, Silver Peak Systems — David Hughes founded Silver Peak Systems in 2004 after serving a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. Through 2013 Hughes drove innovation serving as CTO, and then more recently as CEO, leading Silver Peak beyond WAN optimization into the emerging SD-WAN market. Prior to Silver Peak, Hughes served as vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks (2000-2002), where his team developed a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit. Earlier, Hughes was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM, which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, David worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc. Hughes has been awarded more than 50 patents in areas including data acceleration, routing and packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. Hughes earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.

Top 2019 SD-WAN Predictions
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Top 2019 SD-WAN Predictions


Silver Peak Named a Leader in 2018 Gartner WAN Edge Infrastructure Magic Quadrant

Silver Peak Named a Leader in 2018 Gartner WAN Edge Infrastructure Magic Quadrant

This new Gartner Magic Quadrant recognizes 20 vendors based on their Ability to Execute and their Completeness of Vision.

The New SD-WAN Edge Enables Improved Security Architectures

The New SD-WAN Edge Enables Improved Security Architectures

Learn how the new WAN edge enables improved security architectures.

Should We Virtualize Functions or Virtualize Networks?

Should We Virtualize Functions or Virtualize Networks?

What’s next after SD-WAN? Silver Peak System's founder and CEO, David Hughes answers the question.

Silver Peak 2018 CEO Predictions

Silver Peak 2018 CEO Predictions

Silver Peak Systems Founder and CEO David Hughes predicts big changes in networking technologies for 2018.

SD-WAN Vision vs. Acquisition

SD-WAN Vision vs. Acquisition

Recent acquisitions are clarifying the SD-WAN market, and will have an impact on these solutions. Here’s what you need to know.

Service Providers Drive New Managed SD-WAN Services

Service Providers Drive New Managed SD-WAN Services

When SD-WAN first began capturing the media spotlight in 2015, many carriers initially viewed SD-WAN as a potential threat to their business. Fast forward two years and it’s become clear that SD-WAN provides a new way for service...

SD-WAN: What A Difference A Year Makes

SD-WAN: What A Difference A Year Makes

Enterprises want the benefits of lower operational costs and greater agility that are promised with SD-WAN, but they don’t want to compromise on performance or security.

How Close Are We To The Self-Driving WAN?

How Close Are We To The Self-Driving WAN?

Applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to the WAN might seem futuristic, but it’s already happening with our Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution. A great example is our revolutionary First-packet iQ application...

From Self-Driving Cars to Self-Driving WANs

From Self-Driving Cars to Self-Driving WANs

‘Self-driving’ WAN could seem like science fiction. But if you think of the visions propelling companies like Google, Tesla and Amazon, you can begin to realize how big an impact artificial intelligence (AI) will have in the next few...

Automating Business Intent with an SD-WAN

Automating Business Intent with an SD-WAN

Automation in the WAN is a much more powerful tool for an enterprise. It is one of the revolutionary ideas embodied in SD-WAN. Today I’ll outline the relationship between automation and business intent.

It’s Time: Why Cloud Applications Demand Moving to an SD-WAN

It’s Time: Why Cloud Applications Demand Moving to an SD-WAN

The benefits of cloud-based applications are often readily apparent to end users, and to most IT folks. But many networking staff see the cloud opportunity differently. They are the ones stuck trying to make the old WAN do the new...

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