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Michael Bushong

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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, OpenFlow, Open vSwitch Boom TechTarget’s Shamus McGillicuddy discusses the market predictions for networking in 2014, which include many of the major trends from 2013. He says the SDN market was more hype than reality in 2013, but 2014 promises to deliver more action for SDN, NFV, OpenFlow, ... (more)

Silicon: Merchant vs. Outsourced

If you talk to folks in the networking industry about switching hardware, you probably don't get more than a few sentences in before you hear the words merchant silicon, typically followed closely by commodity hardware. There is some confusion in the dialogue about these topics, and I think it stems from a lack of clarity around why this matters and how silicon development actually works. Let's start with why merchant silicon matters. When people talk about merchant silicon, most of the time they fail to really clearly specify what it is they want. There are basically two reasons... (more)

The Key to OpenDaylight Adoption: Salespeople

The primary indicator of success is success. That is to say that the number one thing people look to as a predictor of future performance is past performance. In the product space, this means that things like adoption are important as much for what it signals to other people as they are for bottom line revenues. And this is true even in the open source world. As SDN speeds its way towards mainstream adoption, this means that projects like OpenDaylight will need to establish early on that they are not only deployable but also deployed. Open source adoption People frequently point... (more)

Closing the Bio Gaps in Networking

It is no surprise to anyone that everything in IT these days is very cost conscious. It could be that your IT organization is run as a cost center, in which case the primary metrics all revolve around cost and schedule. Or it could be that IT is a direct part of your revenue stream, in which case you have to operate at scale, which involves getting a handle on costs. Whatever the model, you are very likely involved in more than one cost conversation today. This dynamic is not unique to networking. On the server side, we have already digested a few transitional changes that have ... (more)

Plexxi Pulse – Video of the Week

Plexxi is exited to initiate a new feature on the Plexxi Pulse by adding videos to the mix. Each week we will post a Plexxi video that demonstrates how our solution works, how we integrate with industry partners and many other fascinating topics. This week our video pick answers some important questions like: Can Plexxi be deployed next to or along with gear from other vendors? What does interoperability look like? Is it standard Ethernet and IP, or is there more to it? Watch this short, but informative video where Plexxi’s Dan Backman answers these tough questions. Here is... (more)