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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)

The Technology Trifecta – Hyperconverged Compute, Storage, and Network

By Brian Martin The other day, a friend of mine asked me why I left a great job at VMware to join Plexxi. My first blush response was simple. “I saw a great opportunity with a great company and a great team, and I went for it.” As the words left my mouth, I realized that there was a much broader context at play in my simple response. It was related to my career experience and the lessons I learned along the way. I helped build compute servers for a computer systems company, Data General (yes, I’m that old), when Intel changed the course of computing through commoditization of it... (more)

PlexxiPulse – Get in the Zone

Familiar with the term iatrogenics? Essentially, iatrogenic disease is the unintended consequences of medical interventions, like the negative side effects of a prescribed drug. It would be foolish to undertake any medical treatment without understanding the balance of the potential benefit from the treatment against the potential negative effects, right? This seems like a common-sense, but many people endure undesired consequences due to negative iatrogenic effects. Iatrogenics exist in IT Infrastructure as well. Stick with me here…I explain in my latest blog post, Understanding... (more)

Understanding Iatrogenics to get to the “Upside Zone” for IT Infrastructure

If you’ve read Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Anti-Fragile, or are somehow involved in medicine, you are likely familiar with the term, iatrogenics. Essentially, iatrogenic disease is the unintended consequences of medical interventions, like the negative side effects of a prescribed drug. In short, it is foolish to undertake any medical treatment without understanding the balance of the potential benefit from the treatment against the potential harm of the iatrogenics. This seems like a common-sense cost/benefit equation, yet still many people endure harm (or even die) to treatments t... (more)

Eliminating Private Cloud Networking Barriers | @CloudExpo #Agile #Cloud #DataCenter

PlexxiPulse - Eliminating Private Cloud Networking Barriers By Mat Mathews Many IT organizations look to the private cloud to improve agility and simplify business operations. More and more are introducing converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to support cloud initiatives and agile development practices. But there is too often a road block - legacy data center networks. Private clouds require a new multipurpose data center network to support diverse applications and workloads without sacrificing performance or service quality. Fully programmable and highly adaptab... (more)