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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 and “going small to scale up.” Creating smaller units of capacity makes the network easier to manage, and most importantly, scale. It’s definitely worth a read before heading out to trick-or-treat. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Backman explains failure scenarios in case of hard... (more)

Plexxi Pulse—SDN Goes to College

There is no doubt that software defined networking has the power to improve network performance on college campuses. University networks demand flexible and reliable solutions and many institutions are turning to SDN to save time, increase efficiency and reduce IT costs. A few of the articles below analyze this very opportunity. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Bachman answers the commonly asked question: “Is Plexxi’s Big Data fabric for Hadoop only?” VMware, Cisco Build Rival Data Center Teams Mitch Wagner wrote a piece on the strategy behind Cisco and VMware’s data ... (more)

The Case for Hybrids [#Cloud]

Plexxi along with Piston Cloud, Colovore, and King Star Computing published a white paper a few months back looking at the cost of a private cloud running OpenStack in a hosted environment versus renting compute instances from Amazon. The details are here. The short story is that in this analysis, at about 129 Cores, the costs for a private cloud start to become better than public cloud. Certainly the efficiency of colocation, commodity computing/storage, and an application oriented network fabric integrated tightly with a cloud orchestration management platform (OpenStack) has a... (more)

SDN: It’s the Applications, Stupid | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

I remember when we first started talking to customers about the concepts of applications driving networks, about three years ago (This was a very different conversation from other networking era’s where we talked about ‘intelligent’ networks that could better understand and adapt to applications.) While most customers loved the concepts of a scale-out network that leveraged dynamic photonic connections instead of hard-wired paths, most of them also told us that they “didn’t really know (or want to know)” about the applications at all. Some even said they didn’t want their netwo... (more)

Plexxi Pulse—SDN Edges into Federal Agencies

As SDN gains traction within the private sector we are also seeing federal agencies adopt it as they identify the need for network infrastructure changes. While it may be instinctual to say ‘yes’  to upgrading the network to include every new additional feature offered, especially when managing large amounts of traffic, focusing on simplicity and instinctiveness is often the better option. We revisit this in-depth more below – let us know if you agree with our points. Enjoy! In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Bachman explains how Plexxi’s big data fabric solution is mana... (more)