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The Challenge: In the networking industry, change is driven by the applications that run on top of IT infrastructure. To keep up with industry demands, the applications themselves are shifting to be increasingly efficient while simultaneously processing vastly larger amounts of data, often resulting in step-function-like changes in application architectures. For instance, in a traditional set up, a networking team has an infrastructure with orchestration systems layered on top to meet the performance and scaling requirements that their platforms demanded. Thus, stretching the infrastructure beyond its useful boundaries. But that is inefficient. So what’s the alternative? The Solution: Plexxi’s Software Defined Networking (SDN) software. The Benefits: Unified view of the network fabric High utilization Faster failure handling Faster time to market/deployment Hitless... (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)

Requirements for Data Center Networks By @MatMathews | @CloudExpo [#SDN]

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... (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)

Networking Predictions: 2015 Edition By @MatMathews | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

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 ... (more)