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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Monday completed its $925 million acquisition of SD-WAN high-flyer Silver Peak, setting up a fierce battle against longtime rival Cisco Systems in the enterprise networking market, according to HPE partners. 

The deal provides HPE with a new arsenal of SD-WAN capabilities from Silver Peak, which was named a 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant leader in WAN Edge Infrastructure.

“This gives HPE a leg up on Cisco,” said Michael Maher, director of professional services at CPP Associates, Clinton, New Jersey, which was recently named HPE solution provider of the year. “In the past, HPE and Cisco were on unequal footing. We are excited about this. It gives us the ability to provide more definition around the on-premise cloud like experience in a way that nobody else can today. HPE can now compete across the complete technology stack with storage, compute and now software-defined networking.”

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