Silver Peak Announces Certified Deployment Partner Program
Silver Peak enables global partners like WWT to achieve new levels of certification to offer enterprise customers turnkey SD-WAN purchase and deployment services
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Sept. 17, 2020 — Silver Peak®, the global SD-WAN leader, delivering the transformational promise of the cloud with a self-driving wide area network™, today announced a new certified deployment partner (CDP) program, enabling select partners to resell and deploy the Unity EdgeConnect™ SD-WAN edge platform, supporting customer WAN and security transformation initiatives. Initial partners to achieve the new sales, technical and deployment certifications include: CDW, Intervision, INVITE Networks, Teneo, WWT and Xalient.
“Modern enterprises are quickly recognizing that their legacy networks are holding them back from realizing the full transformational promise of the cloud and many are seeking skilled partners to drive their WAN and security transformation initiatives,” said Ken Marks, vice president of North America channel sales for Silver Peak. “This provides an unprecedented opportunity for our partners to bring new levels of business value to customers by attaining the training and certifications required to successfully drive SD-WAN deployments. The CDP program is architected to scale both the number of customers we can serve as well as the number of partners that we can enable to build high-growth profitable SD-WAN business practices – it’s a win win for everyone.”
Advanced Certifications with Proctored Exams
To participate in the CDP program, partners must complete a rigorous training and certification regimen that requires advanced deployment certifications with proctored exams. CDP partner certifications include:
- SSP – Sales Professional
- STSP – Technical Sales Professional
- SPSP – Technical Professional
- SPSX – Technical Expert
- SDP – Deployment Professional
- SDX – Deployment Expert
To assure success with customers, CDPs are initially required to partner with a Silver Peak deployment engineer to demonstrate the requisite skill and acumen that spans initial design, deployment plan and post deployment reviews.
World Wide Technology (WWT) is a technology solution provider with $12 billion in annual revenue that provides digital strategy, innovative technology, and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations around the globe. While most companies talk about delivering business and technology outcomes, WWT does it. Based in St. Louis, WWT employs more than 6,000 employees and operates over 4 million square feet of warehousing, distribution, and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world.
“Organizations are increasingly turning to SD-WAN for their digital transformation initiatives, optimization of SaaS and cloud applications, and more efficient IT operations,” said Jeff Wynne, Services VP at WWT. “The rigorous training, testing and certification requirements of the Silver Peak CDP program expands our in-house teams’ resident SD-WAN acumen, enabling our teams to continue building cloud-first business-driven networks for our customers.”