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Happy New Year! The year is off to a great start and we are excited to see what 2015 will bring to the networking space. I have a few predictions of my own (think policy and disaggregation) that were recently published in Network World. What are your networking predictions for 2015? Below are our top picks for networking stories this week. In this week’s PlexxiTube #FBF (Flashback Friday) video of the week, Dan Backman interviews VMworld 2014 attendees and asks what they’ve done to help their networks accommodate to Big Data. Network World: SDN, data center predictions for 2015 By Jim Duffy The predictions for data center and SDN in 2015 are still rolling in. Technology Business Research says software will pervade the data center while start-up Plexxi believes policy and disaggregation will be front and center. Here’s the link to TBR’s 2015 Data Center Predictions. S... (more)

Don’t Be Spooked by the 'Internet of Things' By @PlexxiInc | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

We got into the Halloween spirit here at Plexxi—check out this Plexxi pumpkin carved by our talented marketing manager, Khoa Ma! Jack-o-lanterns aside, we know the thought of navigating trends like the Internet of Things and Big Data can be frightening, especially if you are unsure of how to approach them. As these trends gain popularity and deployments increase, IT architects often worry about increased activity on already taxed infrastructures. Our own Mike Bushong is our resident expert on this topic and he penned an interesting blog post this week on networking’s atomic unit ... (more)

Plexxi Pulse: 10 SDN Startups Value at Over $100M

Last week’s Arista IPO put a spotlight on the current state of the SDN arena. As Scott Raynovich recently reported, there are now 10 software defined networking startups with valuations of over $100 million. With this in mind, it’s clear the industry is set for some definite change. We expand upon this thought below and are excited to see what the future of networking has in store as the SDN “ecosystem” strengthens. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Backman explains how the fabric control panel works in a pod. The control plane consists of two levels and acts in the sam... (more)

Plexxi Pulse: The Plexxi Channel on SDNCentral

Over the past year or so, we’ve been hard at work with SDNCentral and our various partners showing the new networking frontier in real-world applications. If you head over to our channel at SDNCentral this week, you’ll see that our live demo archive is now available. There you can watch and download our recent demos with Chef, Opscode, SolidFire and others. Check it out and let us know what you think. In this week’s PlexxiTube video of the week, Dan Backman discusses affinities and the question “do I have to affinitize everything?” with the San Francisco skyline in the backgroun... (more)

Plexxi Pulse: Plexxi on Arista’s IPO

There’s no shortage of talk this week about Arista’s IPO. The company began trading on the NYSE today above the market’s expectations, leading to a strong start right out of the gate. In my opinion, Arista’s IPO demonstrates the viability of hardware and the robustness of Ethernet switching in a space that has been saying for years that hardware is going away. Investors believe there is market share up for grabs in the networking industry and are going after it accordingly. My colleague Mike Bushong did a nice write up earlier this week titled “5 things Arista’s impending IPO s... (more)