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Plexxi Pulse—Get Ready for VMworld

Plexxi is busy gearing up for VMworld which takes place August 24 – 28, 2014 in San Francisco. Stop by booth 747 to talk with our team, view live demos, and pick up a pair of our infamous socks! We look forward to seeing you there.

Big Data fabrics enable scalability and increased control in the datacenter. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Bachman explains Plexxi’s Big Data fabrics.

To Scale Is the Answer. The Question Is How.

Arthur Cole offered a sound perspective on scaling and flexibility this week in IT Business Edge. Simply stated, how you scale is as important as what you scale to. Initially, you architect your infrastructure for a particular set of requirements. As applications are added to the mix, different requirements are created. It is important to scale existing requirements while simultaneously accommodating newly created demands. The conclusion here is that scalability and flexibility need to be considered part and parcel. Clustered applications may demand differing requirements, which can quickly render a purpose-built network either obsolete or out of spec. My colleague, Mike Bushong wrote about this very topic last week as it relates to Big Data.

SDN and NFV: Déjà Vu All Over Again. What Vendors Need to Do

In an opinion piece for SDNCentral this week, Greg Whelan reflected on a recent conference by weighing in on vendor messaging. The overarching premise here is sound: focus on a specific use case rather than a general SDN network. Specific use cases will be infinitely easier to sell as they give customers something to say yes to. The comments about rip and replace are correct, and they show up when you are peddling a general networking solution as opposed to something that can be built out separately. I think that integration with OSS/BSS systems is the element that doesn’t get mentioned here.

On the messaging front, I somewhat differ in opinion. During times of technology upheaval, people need a source of truth. Fighting to get your messaging across is counterproductive and the truth becomes convoluted. If you are honest and educational (even at the expense of not pushing your own solution), it will engender you to the customer and allow you to assume the role of a trusted advisor (provided you don’t abuse the position). My colleague Mike Bushong wrote about the importance of use cases recently on the Plexxi blog.

Global network of connected ‘things’

Andy Robb discussed network infrastructure as it relates to the Internet of Things and Big Data in a recent piece for IT Web. The conclusion that no new infrastructure needs to be built might be a bit off. As connectivity increases, there are taxes on the network. All data that has to go back and forth requires a path to get to and from its destination. This puts the interconnect (the network) at the forefront of importance. The real question is how to build a network today that can support this type of load in the future without having to replace existing infrastructure. This is not a simple task as unknown requirements need to be accounted for. That kind of flexibility ends up being the prime requirement for infrastructure today if you want to indeed have the experience where the IoT doesn’t require a massive build out in a few years.

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Visionary solutions are built by visionary leaders. Plexxi co-founder and Vice President of Product Management Mat Mathews has spent 20 years in the networking industry observing, experimenting and ultimately honing his technology vision. The resulting product — a combination of traditional networking, software-defined networking and photonic switching — represents the best of Mat's career experiences. Prior to Plexxi, Mat held VP of Product Management roles at Arbor Networks and Crossbeam Systems. Mat began his career as a software engineer for Wellfleet Communications, building high speed Frame Relay Switches for the carrier market. Mat holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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