There are two fairly recurrent memes in IT infrastructure: the There’s an
API for that! theme, and the Out of box! theme. It is actually telling that
both continue to get play in IT given that they represent polar opposites.
Assuming that each has a value, when do you need something that is -able
(integratable, orchestratable, programmable), and when is it better to have
something that is -ed (integrated, orchestrated, programmed)?
Extensibility or capability?
At the heart of the -able vs -ed decision is whether your primary requirement
is extensibility or capability. But even then, which one is better?
The marketing talk around extensibility is that without something that is
easily extensible, you will find yourself painted into a corner. To a large
extent, this is actually true. Doing an integration once demonstrates that it
can be done once, but if an environment c... (more)
The primary indicator of success is success. That is to say that the number
one thing people look to as a predictor of future performance is past
performance. In the product space, this means that things like adoption are
important as much for what it signals to other people as they are for bottom
line revenues. And this is true even in the open source world.
As SDN speeds its way towards mainstream adoption, this means that projects
like OpenDaylight will need to establish early on that they are not only
deployable but also deployed.
Open source adoption
People frequently point... (more)
If you talk to folks in the networking industry about switching hardware, you
probably don't get more than a few sentences in before you hear the words
merchant silicon, typically followed closely by commodity hardware. There is
some confusion in the dialogue about these topics, and I think it stems from
a lack of clarity around why this matters and how silicon development
Let's start with why merchant silicon matters.
When people talk about merchant silicon, most of the time they fail to really
clearly specify what it is they want. There are basically two reasons... (more)
Plexxi is gearing up for the 13th Cloud Expo on November 4-7 in Santa Clara,
CA. We’re looking forward to discussing the two major IT trends that will
be the conference focus: cloud computing and big data. Plexxi’s Mike
Bushong recently wrote a post for InfoWorld about the inevitable intersection
of Big Data and SDN, and how Plexxi SDN is already being deployed to the
cloud. We can’t wait to explore these topics and more at the Cloud Expo and
look forward to seeing you all there. In the meantime, watch Plexxi’s Dan
Backman and Nils Swart describe the relationship between Plexxi c... (more)
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
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 co... (more)