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Plexxi Pulse – SDN Support

This week The OpenDaylight Project released the first version of its SDN and NFV software, Hydrogen. Michael Bushong wrote a post on the relevance of this release earlier this week. As a contributor, we think Hydrogen is significant because it’s the networking industry’s largest open source SDN initiative and it’s a release of functional code. It marks an important shift in networking and we are excited to be a part of it! In our video of the week Dan Backman provides a great overview of Plexxi’s technical support organization, which customers are automatically enrolled in upon purchase of a Plexxi product. Multiple users within the organization can have a separate log-in to the support site and we offer advanced support features to maintain successful operations. Here is our video of the week and a few of my reads in the Plexxi Pulse – enjoy!



Ben Kepes at Forbes  discusses some of the big changes for legacy networking vendors and the overall networking market. Ben mentions Dell’s partnership with Cumulus Networks and highlights the recent Cisco report by JP Morgan Chase financial analysts cutting shares to underweight. SDN is completely transforming the networking industry and the competitive landscape. The interesting analysis will shift from a CapEx argument to an OpEx argument. Most of the cost savings from Cumulus and Cisco efforts is in the support costs, based on the Credit Suisse report. The models are a bit weak in both reports, but they illustrate that this goes beyond just CapEx. Expect Cumulus to pivot more publicly to OpEx this year. Its Linux foundation is more about automation and DevOps than it is about supporting cheap hardware.

Enterprise Networking Planet contributor Sean Michael Kerner also wrote about the Hydrogen release this week. The important part of this Hydrogen release is just how quickly it came out. Imagine various competing interests setting aside politics to get working code to market in under a year. If this was a startup company building a commercial controller, it would take 2-3 years to get the first product out. The OpenDaylight Project has remarkably done the same work in about 10 months. It demands the industry to evaluate not just where controllers are today, but where they will be in a year or two. At this trajectory, OpenDaylight could be the leading controller, despite the numerous projects that started work prior to its launch.

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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."