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Consider the Human Side of IT By Jennifer Streck Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, software-defined networking, Hyperconverged Infrastructure, the cloud. These are all technological advancements intended to improve how IT systems and operations work, to give the business better agility and reduced costs, and ultimately to give end-users a new and better experience. Quite often, however, IT’s creators and consumers alike lose sight of the impact that these technologies have on the human element of IT. The human element should be a key consideration in every technological development. Technology developers cannot afford to forget the human element of the product equation. For example, many organizations ideally want to focus on business innovation, as opposed to IT infrastructure management and troubleshooting — directly building their top-line rather than re... (more)

Plexxi Pulse: Plexxi on Arista’s IPO

There’s no shortage of talk this week about Arista’s IPO. The company began trading on the NYSE today above the market’s expectations, leading to a strong start right out of the gate. In my opinion, Arista’s IPO demonstrates the viability of hardware and the robustness of Ethernet switching in a space that has been saying for years that hardware is going away. Investors believe there is market share up for grabs in the networking industry and are going after it accordingly. My colleague Mike Bushong did a nice write up earlier this week titled “5 things Arista’s impending IPO s... (more)

SDN: It’s the Applications, Stupid | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

I remember when we first started talking to customers about the concepts of applications driving networks, about three years ago (This was a very different conversation from other networking era’s where we talked about ‘intelligent’ networks that could better understand and adapt to applications.) While most customers loved the concepts of a scale-out network that leveraged dynamic photonic connections instead of hard-wired paths, most of them also told us that they “didn’t really know (or want to know)” about the applications at all. Some even said they didn’t want their netwo... (more)

Eliminating Private Cloud Networking Barriers | @CloudExpo #Agile #Cloud #DataCenter

PlexxiPulse - Eliminating Private Cloud Networking Barriers By Mat Mathews Many IT organizations look to the private cloud to improve agility and simplify business operations. More and more are introducing converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to support cloud initiatives and agile development practices. But there is too often a road block - legacy data center networks. Private clouds require a new multipurpose data center network to support diverse applications and workloads without sacrificing performance or service quality. Fully programmable and highly adaptab... (more)

Plexxi Pulse: 10 SDN Startups Value at Over $100M

Last week’s Arista IPO put a spotlight on the current state of the SDN arena. As Scott Raynovich recently reported, there are now 10 software defined networking startups with valuations of over $100 million. With this in mind, it’s clear the industry is set for some definite change. We expand upon this thought below and are excited to see what the future of networking has in store as the SDN “ecosystem” strengthens. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Backman explains how the fabric control panel works in a pod. The control plane consists of two levels and acts in the sam... (more)