I spent last week at the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York City
with 5000 other “big data” customers, vendors, and enthusiasts. In the
last 6 months we’ve seen demand for a “big data” based network
infrastructure really start to take off, and I’ve spent a lot of time
recently trying to better understand the evolving market and technology
landscape and use cases. I’m particularly interested in how network
infrastructure can drive a better experience for users of big data
applications, or networking/infrastructure teams that need to support these
applications, but ultimately I want to know what do businesses get out of
these investments in data, analytics, and infrastructure.
[On a related note, as part of our efforts to provide the best “Big Data
Fabric” we recently brought on @networkn3rd (Ed Henry) to Plexxi to fully
define our reference architecture. E... (more)
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)
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
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)