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Plexxi Pulse: Growing the Plexxi Team

Interested in working to change networking forever? Maybe you’re a Python Dev that wants to get paid to work on Plexxi’s DSE (which is now part of OpenStack Congress!). Well, the good news is we’re hiring. We have a few positions that just opened up – you can see the full listing over on our careers page. Feel free to reach out to any of our team on Twitter as well if you have questions.

In this week’s PlexxiTube video of the week, Dan Backman discusses how the Plexxi solution is configured into a physical ring that forms an optical mesh. He asks the questions: how much bandwidth is available across the ring and how does that bandwidth compare to other solutions?

See Dan’s full video below to learn more:

Check out our top reads of the week below. Have a great weekend!

How A Telco Can Go Green By Adopting SDN

Siddharth Joshi wrote a contributed piece in SDN Central this week that discussed an interesting application of SDN. I think what he’s getting at in this article requires the sharing of all kinds of diverse information across different parts of the infrastructure. Obviously not all devices (or components) care about all information, so we need to create a common pub/sub framework that allows interested parties access to information and updates that are relevant.

This implies an extension of SDN beyond just the network obviously. And then you get into the role of analytics pretty quickly. For example, are decisions distributed? Or is there a central correlation engine for some decisions? Interesting stuff, in my opinion.

Network Skills Will Need Updating For The Future, Says Cisco

This article from Howard Solomon for IT World Canada tackles one of my favorite subjects: the future of IT skills for network engineers. I think that it is true that skills are changing. However, it is also true that this is unlikely to lead to the demise of the network engineer.

The real point here for network engineers is that there is an opportunity to become an even more valuable resource. As we start to layer more orchestration on top of existing networks, there will be a tremendous value in people who understand how things work and who are capable of integrating and automating. A good CCIE who understands some programming, for example, will be a hot commodity.

My colleague Michael Bushong wrote about this very topic last year here.

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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."

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