Welcome!

Blog Feed Post

Plexxi Pulse – Tune into the Plexxi Channel

This week the SDN buzz was about the new executive director for the OpenDaylight Project (ODP). The Linux Foundation announced Tuesday that former VMware executive Nicolas "Neela" Jacques is now the first ODP Executive Director. Jacques hopes to serve as a facilitator of the project, and as a member of ODP, Plexxi thinks this will only benefit the project and accelerate the results. We look forward to seeing what Jacques contributes to this role. In other news, Plexxi has a new channel on SDNCentral, which you can follow for the latest news and videos from us. In Plexxi's own featured video this week, Dan Backman explains what kind of software is still resident on the physical switches and what capabilities are included in that software. Here is the video of the week and a few of my reads in the Plexxi Pulse – enjoy!

Michele Chubirka describes the return of the IT “generalist” for Network Computing this week. As an experienced IT professional, Michele reflects that specialization in IT has increased dramatically in the past decade. Michele suggests specialization hasn’t benefited the industry or IT work environments, but with information easily accessible today, it may not be necessary to focus so narrowly anymore. I think if you believe in a highly orchestrated future, the question is whether the people who build and manage that middleware are generalists because they touch everything, or if they are integration specialists because their specific skill is pulling things together. Whatever the answer, it's probably all nuance. The real implication of what Michele is discussing is that the changes vendors are pushing and customers are clamoring for extend well beyond technology. Those companies who recognize this as a real Change Initiative (capital 'C', capital 'I') are more likely to succeed on the first try. When you are dealing with peoples' lives, it goes well beyond technology. Maybe what we really need is a different kind of human specialist.

FierceEnterprise Communications’ Derek C. Slater explains that according to Nick Lippis, co-founder of the Open Networking User Group, SDN use cases won’t be available until 2015. People should be aware that deploying SDN is not like buying a new iPad. Companies who wait until 2015 to start making plans will be disappointed to find that they lack the onboard skills, organizational structure, appropriate metrics, planning processes, and even underlying architecture to support SDN. SDN is a transformational change that requires more than just turning some protocols on. There are in fact things that IT leaders can do today and considering the eventual end goal when making today's plans will make the transition significantly easier.

Sean Michael Kerner at Enterprise Networking Planet wrote about the new executive director for the OpenDaylight Project, Nicolas Jacques.  According to Jacques the new position is more of a facilitator than an executive. I like the addition of someone who has vendor experience. The ultimate success of ODP will be its ability to get working code into production environments. In that regard, ODP is at once an open source project and a product. Understanding how to cultivate a developer community and deliver something that is commercial grade is really the overarching requirement. ODP won't be able to endure a slow burn, taking years to emerge. SDN needs to move faster than that, and if ODP isn't ready, other controllers will take that role.

Light Reading’s Carol Wilson says the networking market has been flooded with new vendors offering better solutions for data centers, which emphasizes the need for a standards-based open solution. The OpenDaylight Project is trying to provide just that. I think where ODP can succeed is in delivering a platform, because I believe ODP is more of a platform than a controller. If it really is extensible, then even if proprietary elements emerge, customers can still settle on a single point of control solution. Additionally, I think the reality in the short term is that people need to experiment to see what technologies will emerge. We should be pushing new code out, testing it, iterating, and failing or promoting quickly. Standards might be the outcome once we know more, but asking for consensus before you try something out seems a bit inhibiting.

David Weldon at FierceCIO discusses a new report from Dell'Oro Group that predicts the SDN market will increase by six-fold in the next five years, and continued adoption of cloud computing will be the primary driver of that growth. We should be careful treating SDN as a market unto itself. The reality is that SDN spend is just a subset of networking spend. It is unlikely to add net-new IT spend but rather substitute expenses that otherwise would have wound up in the general networking bucket. The impact to the larger networking market, however, ought to be significant. The number of RFPs today that require at least road-mapped SDN support is large and growing. As vendors rotate portfolios around SDN, SDN should continue to grow in terms of purchase impact.

A CloudTweaks staff writer explains why SDN and software-defined data centers (SDDC) were such a focal point at VMworld in both San Francisco and Barcelona. Because most enterprises have migrated to cloud and/or a virtualized infrastructure, the next logical step is deploying SDN. I agree with the premise of this article – that operational considerations will ultimately determine how and when SDN moves from labs into production environments, but I don’t agree with the comments about how people are not thinking through the operational considerations or putting plans in place to make applications better. VMWare's Martin Casado has posted openly about the need for troubleshooting and monitoring tools in a virtual environment. Cisco's announcements last week around the Application-Centric Infrastructure were certainly about orchestration and operationalization, and Plexxi is all about application visibility and performance. The fact that these topics have not hit the mainstream is concerning, but I don't think it's because they aren't being worked. It's more that the customer base needs to be first educated on bigger ideas. There will be a natural progression into operational considerations. Remember that networking sales cycles are long, and it takes people a while to get to the “nitty gritty.”

The post Plexxi Pulse – Tune into the Plexxi Channel appeared first on Plexxi.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Michael Bushong

The best marketing efforts leverage deep technology understanding with a highly-approachable means of communicating. Plexxi's Vice President of Marketing Michael Bushong has acquired these skills having spent 12 years at Juniper Networks where he led product management, product strategy and product marketing organizations for Juniper's flagship operating system, Junos. Michael spent the last several years at Juniper leading their SDN efforts across both service provider and enterprise markets. Prior to Juniper, Michael spent time at database supplier Sybase, and ASIC design tool companies Synopsis and Magma Design Automation. Michael's undergraduate work at the University of California Berkeley in advanced fluid mechanics and heat transfer lend new meaning to the marketing phrase "This isn't rocket science."

Latest Stories
Cloud promises the agility required by today’s digital businesses. As organizations adopt cloud based infrastructures and services, their IT resources become increasingly dynamic and hybrid in nature. Managing these require modern IT operations and tools. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Raj Sundaram, Senior Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies, will discuss how to modernize your IT operations in order to proactively manage your hybrid cloud and IT environments. He will be sharing bes...
After more than five years of DevOps, definitions are evolving, boundaries are expanding, ‘unicorns’ are no longer rare, enterprises are on board, and pundits are moving on. Can we now look at an evolution of DevOps? Should we? Is the foundation of DevOps ‘done’, or is there still too much left to do? What is mature, and what is still missing? What does the next 5 years of DevOps look like? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by DevOps Summit Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists loo...
Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. “Open analytics” is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark...
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, paneli...
"Loom is applying artificial intelligence and machine learning into the entire log analysis process, from start to finish and at the end you will get a human touch,” explained Sabo Taylor Diab, Vice President, Marketing at Loom Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is ...
"We are a monitoring company. We work with Salesforce, BBC, and quite a few other big logos. We basically provide monitoring for them, structure for their cloud services and we fit into the DevOps world" explained David Gildeh, Co-founder and CEO of Outlyer, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Join us at Cloud Expo June 6-8 to find out how to securely connect your cloud app to any cloud or on-premises data source – without complex firewall changes. More users are demanding access to on-premises data from their cloud applications. It’s no longer a “nice-to-have” but an important differentiator that drives competitive advantages. It’s the new “must have” in the hybrid era. Users want capabilities that give them a unified view of the data to get closer to customers and grow business. The...
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We’re in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn’t been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. Will this time be different? Most likely. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Furthermore, the funding and research going into AI now comes from a wide range of com...
"When we talk about cloud without compromise what we're talking about is that when people think about 'I need the flexibility of the cloud' - it's the ability to create applications and run them in a cloud environment that's far more flexible,” explained Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...