The Six Requirements for Data Center Networks
One way or another, all data center networks exhibit at least six different
functional areas that their operators need to engineer, implement, and
operate with a differing set of needs and requirements. Similarly, in one way
or another, most of the available SDN and virtualized network solutions
available today or in progress aim to deal with issues in one or more of
these areas to improve their functional effectiveness, cost, automated-ness,
or integrated-ness. Yet some areas receive an inordinate amount of
focus/attention and those areas may not necessarily have the most opportunity
for improvement. Let’s take a look at these six requirements in order of
the opportunity value to bring new levels of effectiveness to data centers.
1. Edge Switching (inter-server or more generically, inter-end point)
Edge switching loosely ... (more)
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
You may have noticed that we’ve been spending some time out west
demonstrating our big data fabrics and sharing our vision for the third era
of networking. You’ll be seeing more meet-ups and live demonstrations in
the near future, so keep an eye on the blog and on Twitter to see where we
are headed next. In the meantime, can you name the 5 main characteristics of
a third era network? Hint: the answer is somewhere on the Plexxi website.
Tweet us your answers for the chance to win some Plexxi swag. We can’t wait
to hear from you!
Below please find a few of our top picks for our fa... (more)
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)
Big Data Is Driving Datacenter Infrastructure Development
You may have seen last week that we partnered with Cloudera, certifying the
Plexxi Switch on Cloudera’s Enterprise 5 platform.
This partnership, while exciting for us and our partners, plays a larger role
in the IT landscape as a whole. According to an article this week by Arthur
Cole of Enterprise Networking Planet, this move embodies Cole’s belief that
networking infrastructure development is increasingly being driven by Big
Data applications. He cites the key challenge as not finding somewhere to
store all the data (e.g... (more)