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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)

PlexxiPulse – Does your product lose sight of the human element of IT?

If you answered yes, it’s time to reconsider how you roll out new technology. Today’s technological advancements are intended to enhance business agility, improve how IT systems/operations work, and cut costs, with the end-goal of offering a better overall user experience. But, oftentimes both IT developer and consumers forget to consider the impact technologies can have on the human side of IT. Ideally, the human element should be a key consideration in every technological development. Varying IT infrastructure components (like networks, servers, and storage) often require spec... (more)

The Case for Hybrids [#Cloud]

Plexxi along with Piston Cloud, Colovore, and King Star Computing published a white paper a few months back looking at the cost of a private cloud running OpenStack in a hosted environment versus renting compute instances from Amazon. The details are here. The short story is that in this analysis, at about 129 Cores, the costs for a private cloud start to become better than public cloud. Certainly the efficiency of colocation, commodity computing/storage, and an application oriented network fabric integrated tightly with a cloud orchestration management platform (OpenStack) has a... (more)

Plexxi Pulse – Back-and-Forth Blogs on Network Automation

Earlier this month our friend Greg Ferro wrote an article highlighting his experience with scripting for networking automation and the resulting issues with scaling. It’s definitely worth a read. In response, our own Marten Terpstra (resident king of #TerpstraThursdays on Twitter) penned his own thoughts on the topic, outlining a few key points he believes Greg missed and leading to an interesting back and forth between the two. Take a look at both of these articles on automation and scripting and let us know your own thoughts. We’re doing something a little different for this w... (more)

Plexxi Pulse—Get Ready for VMworld

Plexxi is busy gearing up for VMworld which takes place August 24 – 28, 2014 in San Francisco. Stop by booth 747 to talk with our team, view live demos, and pick up a pair of our infamous socks! We look forward to seeing you there. Big Data fabrics enable scalability and increased control in the datacenter. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Bachman explains Plexxi’s Big Data fabrics. To Scale Is the Answer. The Question Is How. Arthur Cole offered a sound perspective on scaling and flexibility this week in IT Business Edge. Simply stated, how you scale is as important ... (more)