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
By Jim Duffy
The predictions for data center and SDN in 2015 are still rolling in.
Technology Business Research says software will pervade the data center while
start-up Plexxi believes policy and disaggregation will be front and center.
Here’s the link to TBR’s 2015 Data Center Predictions. S... (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)
Last week’s Arista IPO put a spotlight on the current state of the SDN
arena. As Scott Raynovich recently reported, there are now 10 software
defined networking startups with valuations of over $100 million. With this
in mind, it’s clear the industry is set for some definite change. We expand
upon this thought below and are excited to see what the future of networking
has in store as the SDN “ecosystem” strengthens.
In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Backman explains how the fabric
control panel works in a pod. The control plane consists of two levels and
acts in the sam... (more)
Over the past year or so, we’ve been hard at work with SDNCentral and our
various partners showing the new networking frontier in real-world
applications. If you head over to our channel at SDNCentral this week,
you’ll see that our live demo archive is now available. There you can watch
and download our recent demos with Chef, Opscode, SolidFire and others. Check
it out and let us know what you think.
In this week’s PlexxiTube video of the week, Dan Backman discusses
affinities and the question “do I have to affinitize everything?” with
the San Francisco skyline in the backgroun... (more)
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