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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)

Spotlight on SDN By @MatMathews | @CloudExpo [#SDN #Cloud]

Infonetics analyst Clifford Grossner recently released a SDN enterprise study which found that nearly 80 percent of medium and large size businesses plan to implement SDN technology in the data center by 2017. The survey of 153 businesses also revealed that 65 percent of respondents are currently conducting data center SDN lab trials or plan to do so in 2015. Marcia Savage of NetworkComputing cites the Infonetics data and names SDN as a top networking trend in a piece this week titled “What’s Hot In Networking: 7 Key Trends.” We’re excited to see SDN in the spotlight. Marcia’s pi... (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 – Back-and-Forth Blogs on Network Automation

Earlier this month our friend Greg Ferro wrote an article highlighting his experience with scripting for networking automation and the resulting issues with scaling. It’s definitely worth a read. In response, our own Marten Terpstra (resident king of #TerpstraThursdays on Twitter) penned his own thoughts on the topic, outlining a few key points he believes Greg missed and leading to an interesting back and forth between the two. Take a look at both of these articles on automation and scripting and let us know your own thoughts. We’re doing something a little different for this w... (more)

On the Plasticity of Networks

A good friend and business colleague once regaled me with his definition of a good corporate lawyer: “A good lawyer never says ‘no’; she says ‘here’s how’.” I thought this was an interesting and telling description – not because it conjured up creative interpretations of the law and loop-hole sleuthing corporate counsels – but that it imagined a seasoned practioner who understood the plasticity of her infrastructure (in this case the law) and the end goals of her client and therefore would often find innovative solutions that yielded business advantage. Plasticity in this conte... (more)