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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 control and OpenDaylight. Here is the video of the week and a few of my reads in the Plexxi Pulse – enjoy! How SDN, NFV will Help CSPs Revive their Networks & Revenues Paula Bernier, contributor for SDN Zone, wrote about how incumbent network operators are struggling to meet increasing demand... (more)

Pods, orchestration and scale

Our first generation of data center switching products brought together SDN and photonic switching in support of an application-driven movement we call Affinity Networking. Our central thesis has long been that our industry has to collectively move beyond what has been a static networking environment. The challenges of managing edge policy have only gotten worse as the infrastructure around the network has become more fluid. It stands to reason that the network simply had to transition as well, from static to responsive. The notion that the network needs to be more of a willing pa... (more)

What Is Application-Centric Infrastructure?

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 co... (more)

Plexxi Pulse – Happy New Year

We hope you have been enjoying the holidays and want to wish everyone a happy new year! We are excited for the opportunities 2014 will bring and we will continue to share the latest news on our blog. Our video of the week explains how the Pod Switch Interconnect is at the heart of the Plexxi pod architecture because it allows multiple switches to connect to a single pod. Dan Backman explains how these pods are strung together to form larger topologies. Here is the video of the week and a few of my reads in the Plexxi Pulse – enjoy!     SDN Market Predictions for New Year: NFV... (more)

Plexxi Pulse – Looking Back and Ahead

As we embrace 2014, it’s important to focus on emerging trends to predict any industry changes this year and in the coming years. Mike Bushong reviewed 2013 on the Plexxi blog and noted important events that will likely carry into this year, including how 2013 initiated SDN deployments and marked the year Cisco moved beyond networking. We will see what happens in 2014, but it is crucial to reflect before looking ahead. In our Plexxi video of the week, Dan Backman explains optics integration with electrical mediums like Ethernet, and how this transition from optical to electrical ... (more)