Rethinking the Network

Michael Bushong

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If you’ve been following our blog and/or keeping up with Plexxi on social media, you may have noticed that there is a lot going on here. We recently introduced new product starter kits, began construction on our new office expansion, are working on some exciting projects, and have grown by 20 percent in the past two months. Are you interested in being a part of the Plexxi team? If so, we would love to hear from you. Check out our careers page for more information. Below you will find our top picks for stories in the networking space this week. Have a great weekend! In this week’s PlexxiTube video of the week, Dan Backman explains how Plexxi’s datacenter transport fabric works with optical transport gear. Light Reading: New Plexxi Chief Makes His Mark By Mitch Wagner As he enters his third month in the big chair, new Plexxi CEO Rich Napolitano is retooling the compan... (more)

I (don’t) Like Big Buffers By @PlexxiInc | @CloudExpo [#SDN #Cloud #BigData]

Recently Arista released a white paper surrounding the idea that having deeper buffers running within the network can help to alleviate the incast congestion patterns that can present when a large number of many-to-one connections are happening within a network. Also known as the TCP incast problem. They pointedly targeted Hadoop clusters, as the incast problem can rear its ugly head when utilizing the Hadoop Cluster for  MapReduce functions. The study used an example of 20 servers hanging off of a single ToR switch that has 40Gbps of uplink capacity within a Leaf/Spine network, ... (more)

PlexxiPulse—Networking For Agile Datacenters, Distributed Cloud Environments and Big Data Applications

This week, we announced new product starter kits that will make it easier for companies to adopt software-defined networking in a way that fits their unique networking environments. The kits are designed for three distinct uses — agile datacenters, distributed cloud environments and Big Data applications — avoiding the “one-size-fits-all” starter kit approach of some other vendors. Visit our product page to learn more. Below are our top picks for networking stories this week. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Backman discusses the benefits of Plexxi’s Big Data fabric be... (more)

PlexxiPulse—Reflections in Networking

2014 was a busy year in networking, and our friend Marcia Savage did a great job of summarizing the industry highs and lows – from ACI to white box switches – this week in a slideshow for Network Computing. It’s definitely worth a read before you head out for the weekend. Check out Marcia’s year end wrap up below as well as other happenings in the networking space this week. In this week’s PlexxiTube video of the week, Dan Bachman explains how Plexxi incorporates optical transport into datacenter transport fabrics. Computer Weekly: Cisco is missing the transition to software-def... (more)

PlexxiPulse—Facebook’s New Network

The internet has been buzzing about Facebook’s redesigned datacenter architecture. Facebook, which is used by more than 1.35 billion people, recently restructured their infrastructure to increase flexibility and agility to rapidly adjust to application requirements. Our own Marten Terpstra shared his take on the redesigned infrastructure this week on the Plexxi blog—it’s definitely worth a read. Below we share some of the articles that covered Facebook’s new datacenter architecture, as well as other happenings in the networking space this week. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the w... (more)