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 and “going small to scale
up.” Creating smaller units of capacity makes the network easier to manage,
and most importantly, scale. It’s definitely worth a read before heading
out to trick-or-treat.
In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Backman explains failure
scenarios in case of hard... (more)
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
We’re doing something a little different for this w... (more)
We hope you were able to tune in to our latest installation of DemoFriday
with SDNCentral. In the webinar, our own Marten Terpstra and Andre Viera with
Ramen Sud and Sam Gopal of Iron Mountain discussed how SDN provides the
flexibility and balance essential for managing transport between datacenters.
We’ll share the full webinar once it’s live on SDNCentral’s site.
Another hot topic this week was the key role automation plays in SDN and
datacenter innovation. Greg Ferro and Mike Matchet each commented on this
subject in recent pieces for InformationWeek and SearchDataCenter. My
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)
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