Innovation or Iteration

The word “innovation” gets thrown around a lot these days. I wouldn’t blame anyone if the word now evokes a gag reflex similar to how we all eventually reacted to “cloud” a few years back. Every product and presentation seemed to be reworked to make it appear it was a “cloud” product. It made sense […]

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. […]

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 […]

The 6 Requirements for Data Center Networks

One way or another, all data center networks exhibit at least 6 different functional areas that their operators need to engineer, implement, and operate with a differing set of needs and requirements. Similarly, in one way or another, most of the available SDN and virtualized network solutions available today or in progress aim to deal […]

The Coming App-ocalypse – are we seeing Dot-Com 2.0?

Bubble 2.0? I recently received a note from a colleague from ZeroHedge (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-21/not-so-fab-1-billion-valuation-15-million-year) that was officially calling the beginning of the bubble bursting based on the untimely (or timely depending on your perspective) demise of the startup Fab. I had never heard of Fab, but according to ZeroHedge, Fab “started out as a dating site […]

Network Technology Shifts towards IT’s Third Platform

The requirements for next generation applications in the Third Platform era have a profound impact on the network. No longer can we treat the network as a piece of infrastructure that just needs to be present. It has to drastically change to become a fundamental component of the next generation application. Mike went through some […]

The requirements for IT’s Third Platform

With the blurring of technology lines, the rise of competitive companies, and a shift in buying models all before us, it would appear we are at the cusp of ushering in the next era in IT—the Third Platform Era. But as with the other transitions, it is not the technology or the vendors that trigger […]

The Philosophy of Network-as-a-Service

In the world of Anything-as-a-Service (I will leave the acronym to your imagination), Network-as-a-Service is not a new term. In fact, it even has its own wikipedia page which will tell you it has been used for many years now, well before the current set of service related terms in IT have become popular. Like […]

SDN and legacy companies: laggards or pragmatists?

There was an interesting Twitter thread over the weekend initiated by Ethan Banks (@ecbanks). He commented that there was too much technique churn in SDN and NetOps (the networking equivalent of DevOps). His point was that in the face of all the change in how to do things, it left users in an impossible spot. How […]

SDN Market Sizing Redux

In April 2013, Plexxi teamed up with SDNCentral to take a look at how the SDN market might emerge. The original post along with supporting info graphic and written analysis can be found here. At a high level, the major takeaway was that we predicted that between 30 and 40 percent of the networking market […]

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