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PlexxiPulse – Not All Workloads Are Created Equal

Networks carry traffic, similar to the way planes carry passengers, but the similarities don’t end there. The process of “deadheading” (as it’s known in the airline circles) is about leveraging existing routes to re-position crew for free; basically, piggybacking on an already incurred cost. At first, it sounds like a perfect optimization that should make everyone happy. However, what IT professionals should realize is that this deadhead crew is actually a “mission critical” workload leveraging a “best effort” transport model. This sounds like quite the disconnect to me. Check out my latest blog, Your Packets Will be Re-Accommodated, on how to better a network so that workloads are not treated randomly – and mission critical information is not relegated to less than optimal transport conditions.

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CIO: The Hybrid Data Center: Bridging Legacy & Cloud
By Steve Wexler
Almost everyone is talking about digital transformation and its related technologies — cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics (BDA), mobility, social media, and security. But the reality is that most organizations must devote the majority of their resources to keeping their legacy environments up and running. The C-suite understands the imperative of changing their IT assets quickly to meet new and emerging demands, that it’s a case of “go digital or die,” but they’re struggling with the how and the how-much-will-it-cost challenges. In most cases, the answer is loosely termed the “hybrid data center.”

FedTech Magazine: Feds Plan for the New Networking World of SDN
By Richard Quinn
Setting up a network near a disaster area just days — or even hours — after a hurricane, flood or tornado appeals to leaders at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Similarly, the U.S. Forest Service sees the value in scaling up network capabilities when responders work to extinguish wildfires. These possibilities are leading agencies to lay the groundwork for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Instead of linking network functions and policies to hardware, SDN enables agencies to control those tasks through software. As a result, CIOs say these technologies can streamline management costs for ever-more complex networks and can significantly shrink the time it takes to deliver network resources.

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Visionary solutions are built by visionary leaders. Plexxi co-founder and Vice President of Product Management Mat Mathews has spent 20 years in the networking industry observing, experimenting and ultimately honing his technology vision. The resulting product — a combination of traditional networking, software-defined networking and photonic switching — represents the best of Mat's career experiences. Prior to Plexxi, Mat held VP of Product Management roles at Arbor Networks and Crossbeam Systems. Mat began his career as a software engineer for Wellfleet Communications, building high speed Frame Relay Switches for the carrier market. Mat holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.