Does HCI Really Stand for Hyper-Connected Infrastructure?

Anyone following Enterprise IT infrastructure knows of HCI as Hyperconverged Infrastructure, or the idea of collapsing compute and storage (and sometimes networking) into easier to consume and grow building blocks, for the purpose of building a cloud-like infrastructure. If we step back, what really is happening here is part of a larger, overall IT trend. […]

PlexxiPulse—Have you heard of Bimodal IT?

The networking space is buzzing about “Bimodal IT.” Simply defined, Bimodal IT is the segmentation of application deployments into cloud (public and/or private). Ben Kepes of Forbes included the concept in a recent deep dive on enterprise IT in the cloud. The network underpinning bimodal initiatives is critical and as Kepes pointed out in his […]

PlexxiPulse—Breaking Down the Distributed Network

Most networks today (including Plexxi solutions) are built as distributed networks. This type of infrastructure reduces complexity and significantly increases network capabilities. Our own Marten Terpstra took a deep dive into the future of distributed networks this week on the Plexxi blog. He identifies and breaks down the “central command” system of today’s distributed networks, […]

The Future of the Distributed Network

Back in December of 2014, I wrote a blog post about the complexities of the network as a distributed system. In it I pointed out that networks have traditionally been built as distributed systems, and that our entire management and knowledge base for networks is based on this. But, is this the best approach for […]

PlexxiPulse—What Does a Third Era Network Look Like?

You may have noticed that we’ve been spending some time out west demonstrating our big data fabrics and sharing our vision for the third era of networking. You’ll be seeing more meet-ups and live demonstrations in the near future, so keep an eye on the blog and on Twitter to see where we are headed […]

PlexxiPulse—Simply A Better Network

As enterprises move from experimentation to full-fledged deployments of Big Data, supporting networks need to have the capabilities to support increased bandwidth. Our CEO, Rich Napolitano spoke with CRN’s Meghan Ottolini on this very subject recently. Rich explains how Plexxi’s architecture is designed to scale out to accommodate the next era of technology applications. See […]

SDN and Gartner’s Hype Cycle

Many years ago Gartner introduced their technology Hype Cycle, which maps visibility against maturity for new technology. The Hype Cycle in essence states that many new technologies get a large amount of visibility early in their maturity cycle. The visibility and enthusiasm drops significantly when reality sets in: technologies early in their maturity cycle will […]

Plexxi Pulse—Networking Predictions: 2015 Edition

Happy New Year! The year is off to a great start and we are excited to see what 2015 will bring to the networking space. I have a few predictions of my own (think policy and disaggregation) that were recently published in Network World. What are your networking predictions for 2015? Below are our top […]

The Next Network Transformation: We have only just begun

Whenever we get to the end of a year we have this tendency to reflect on what has happened in the past year and how we can improve in the coming year. It’s natural to use the change of calendar year as a point in time to think back, even though practically speaking it is […]

I (don’t) like Big Buffers.

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 […]

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