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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)

Plexxi Pulse – Back-and-Forth Blogs on Network Automation

Earlier this month our friend Greg Ferro wrote an article highlighting his experience with scripting for networking automation and the resulting issues with scaling. It’s definitely worth a read. In response, our own Marten Terpstra (resident king of #TerpstraThursdays on Twitter) penned his own thoughts on the topic, outlining a few key points he believes Greg missed and leading to an interesting back and forth between the two. Take a look at both of these articles on automation and scripting and let us know your own thoughts. We’re doing something a little different for this w... (more)

Plexxi Pulse – This Week at Strata + Hadoop World

This week we joined thousands of thought leaders, analysts, vendors and end-users at the O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World in New York. This event brings together the business and science of Big Data, allowing attendees to learn about emerging technologies through case studies and guest speakers. It’s been a busy week featuring excellent speakers from all over, including The New York Times and Cloudera. While we’re veterans of other industry events such as Interop and VMworld, we’re newbies here, so it’s exciting to experience this all for the first time. Judging by how things have ... (more)

PlexxiPulse—Mark Your Calendar: DemoFriday is 10/24

Plexxi is teaming up with SDNCentral to host DemoFriday on October 24 at 10 a.m. PST. Tune in to hear our own Ed Henry and Nils Stewart demonstrate how to build scalable and manageable Big Data fabrics that easily integrate with systems such as OpenStack and Cloudera. You can register to attend here. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Backman explains how Plexxi’s Big Data fabric solution is applicable beyond Big Data. SDN: Unshackling the Network Application Environment Art Cole claims that SDN will enable the development of a robust ecosystem of network applications in ... (more)

Plexxi Pulse: Plexxi on Arista’s IPO

There’s no shortage of talk this week about Arista’s IPO. The company began trading on the NYSE today above the market’s expectations, leading to a strong start right out of the gate. In my opinion, Arista’s IPO demonstrates the viability of hardware and the robustness of Ethernet switching in a space that has been saying for years that hardware is going away. Investors believe there is market share up for grabs in the networking industry and are going after it accordingly. My colleague Mike Bushong did a nice write up earlier this week titled “5 things Arista’s impending IPO s... (more)