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Scaling Big Data fabrics

July 23rd, 2014 | mike.bushong | No Comments

When people talk about Big Data, the emphasis is usually on the Big. Certainly, Big Data applications are distributed largely because the size of the data on which computations are executed warrants more than a typical application can handle. But scaling the network that provides connectivity between Big Data nodes is not just about creating […]

Scenario planning for first-line managers

July 22nd, 2014 | mike.bushong | No Comments

A common meme in the strategic planning world is that there is no one pre-determined future. The objective in strategic planning is not to forecast a single outcome but rather to identify a number of possible outcomes. Preparedness comes in having thought through multiple possible end states, and agility comes from the ability to quickly […]

Network abstractions need equivalent of packet walkthrough

July 21st, 2014 | mike.bushong | No Comments

Whenever a new networking platform is evaluated, one of the early sales calls includes a packet walkthrough. In excruciating detail, someone walks the customer through the path a packet takes from ingress port, through the device, across the switching or routing ASIC, and back down to the egress port. The technical deep dive frequently includes […]

PlexxiPulse—SDN in the Era of Automation

July 18th, 2014 | Mat Mathews | No Comments

We hope you were able to tune in to our latest installation of DemoFriday with SDNCentral. In the webinar, our own Marten Terpstra and Andre Viera with Ramen Sud and Sam Gopal of Iron Mountain discussed how SDN provides the flexibility and balance essential for managing transport between datacenters. We’ll share the full webinar once […]

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Open Compute, Open Switch API and Open Network Install Environment

July 17th, 2014 | Marten Terpstra | 1 Comment

Much has been published about the Open Compute Project. Initiated by Facebook, it has become an industry effort focused on standardization of many parts and components in the datacenter. Initially focused on racks, power and server design, it has also added storage and now networking to its fold. Its goal is fairly straightforward: “how can […]

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