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With the launch of Cisco's software-defined networking startup Insieme expected tomorrow, our industry is about to hear a lot about "application-centric" everything. So what does "application-centric infrastructure" mean? First, some basics: Networking is about connecting computing devices and systems so they can share data. Networking infrastructures are built with a combination of hardware such as gateways, routers, and switches that manage the movement of the data as well as software applications that enable you to do things like access the Internet and send email. As you could probably guess, application-centric infrastructure is a type of networking that is based on the application. In an application-centric network, the network administrator manages a system for a specific application rather than managing individual servers and routers like they did in the p... (more)

Plexxi Pulse – Tune into the Plexxi Channel

This week the SDN buzz was about the new executive director for the OpenDaylight Project (ODP). The Linux Foundation announced Tuesday that former VMware executive Nicolas "Neela" Jacques is now the first ODP Executive Director. Jacques hopes to serve as a facilitator of the project, and as a member of ODP, Plexxi thinks this will only benefit the project and accelerate the results. We look forward to seeing what Jacques contributes to this role. In other news, Plexxi has a new channel on SDNCentral, which you can follow for the latest news and videos from us. In Plexxi's own fea... (more)

Plexxi Pulse – Moving Out of Startup

This week Kyle Alspach wrote a feature on Plexxi in the Boston Business Journal: Plexxi heads out of startup mode, says Cisco ‘in tune’ with networking approach. Kyle discusses how far we’ve come as a startup in the last few years, as we continue to increase our customer base and intend to move out of the “startup” phase in 2014. Our CEO, Dave Husak mentions that Cisco’s recent application centric infrastructure (ACI) announcement is evidence that Plexxi understands the current challenges in networking and how to solve them since we have been working with applications from the ... (more)

Creating High-Performance Teams: Get Rid of Judgment

The biggest difference between high-performance teams and more average teams is that the high-performance group actually acts like a team. That statement is so obvious, I am going to let it stand on its own. If you look at most groups, they tend to act less like teams and more like loose affiliations of individuals that are connected through a common manager. The manager is an orchestrator, maybe even a facilitator at times, but that doesn’t mean the group is really a team. Rather, they are individual contributors that are linked by a common task management protocol. Too many peo... (more)

Plexxi Pulse – Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Abstractions

One month from today, Plexxi’s Nils Swart and Derick Winkworth will participate in SDNCentral’s DemoFriday to illustrate application abstraction using OpenDaylight. We encourage you to register here and check out the demo on March 14 at 10 a.m. PDT.  In our video of the week, Dan Bachman discusses how the Plexxi switching solution makes use of a fabric control protocol and explains whether there are any changes to how this works in a pod architecture. Here is our video of the week and a few of my reads in the Plexxi Pulse – enjoy!     Leveraging Python on Network Devices to M... (more)