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If you’ve been keeping up with Plexxi, you know we’re proud of our roots on the East Coast. However, we have exciting news this week for the West Coast contingent of our team. Our San Francisco team has just moved to into the communal office space called WeWork (the SOMA one, not the Golden Gate one). Stay tuned for more as we get settled in there. In this week’s PlexxiTube video, Dan Backman comments on how Plexxi’s switching solution uses an SDN controller called Plexxi Control. He answers a couple poignant questions: Where does the Plexxi Controller run? Is it a standalone piece of hardware? Does it run on a virtual machine? What versions of OS is it compatible with? Learn the answers to these questions and more in the video below. Below please find our round up of this week’s best reads: Do SDN and NFV mean we don’t need to buy network hardware anymore? The fir... (more)

Plexxi Pulse: 10 SDN Startups Value at Over $100M

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)

Don’t Be Spooked by the 'Internet of Things' By @PlexxiInc | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

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)

Requirements for Data Center Networks By @MatMathews | @CloudExpo [#SDN]

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)

What Does a Third Era Network Look Like? By @MatMathews | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

You may have noticed that we’ve been spending some time out west demonstrating our big data fabrics and sharing our vision for the third era of networking. You’ll be seeing more meet-ups and live demonstrations in the near future, so keep an eye on the blog and on Twitter to see where we are headed next. In the meantime, can you name the 5 main characteristics of a third era network? Hint: the answer is somewhere on the Plexxi website. Tweet us your answers for the chance to win some Plexxi swag. We can’t wait to hear from you! Below please find a few of our top picks for our fa... (more)