Plexxi HCN is differentiated by its innovative fabric topology, enabling switches to connect directly to one another without traversing a leaf-spine hierarchy. The network scales out via top-of-rack (TOR) switches forming a data center wide fabric which is intelligently controlled through application and workload awareness enabling increased efficiency, reduced complexity and consolidation. Plexxi HCN reduces data center friction, lowers overall CAPEX/OPEX and drives up utilization by 25% +.
|Category||Data Center Switch (Leaf/Edge or Spine/Core)|
|Applicable Verticals||Cloud Service Providers, Communication Service Providers (Telcos), Financials, Government and Education, Healthcare and Retail|
|NG Data Center Networking Relevancy||
Plexxi Hyperconverged Network (HCN) combines commodity off the shelf Ethernet switches with its innovative software to form a distributed data-center fabric that supports multi-tenant operations, automates network functions and optimizes workloads.
Plexxi HCN is differentiated by its innovative fabric topology and award winning integrations with VMware vSphere, Nutanix Prism and more. Plexxi software enables commodity switch hardware to connect directly to one another without traversing a leaf-spine hierarchy. The network scales out via top-of-rack (ToR) switches forming a data center wide fabric which is intelligently controlled through workload intent enabling increased network efficiency, reduced complexity and network consolidation.
|Areas of Deployment||Inter-Datacenter and Intra-Datacenter|
|Orchestration Integration||Kubernetes, OpenStack, VMware vCloud Suite, Nutanix Enterprise Cloud|
|Orchestration Integration Details||
|Open Compute Project (OCP) Support||No|
|Linux Foundation (LF) Support||No|
|Key Customers||Telecom Italia - Sparkle, University of Washington, Perseus, Aligned Energy, Kronos|
|Key Partners||HPE, Nutanix, Dell EMC, VMware, Red Hat|
|Container and VM Support||
Plexxi’s container integration provides feedback to the scheduler to allow for specific workload placement. The scheduler can request nodes that have specific locality to be included in the scheduling offering greater control of workload performance. Virtual Machine workload require specific infrastructure services (DRS/FT, IP Storage, vMotions, etc) that require highly specific fabric treatment (e.g. isolation or bandwidth-on-demand) that Plexxi HCN provides via event-based workflow automation.
Every aspect of Plexxi HCN is an object that can be manipulated via APIs. The APIs can be used to do network configuration (e.g. port/VLAN settings), or to perform very advanced traffic engineering (e.g. isolating a specific workload, providing dynamic bandwidth or low latency treatment, etc). In addition to full RESTFul APIs, Plexxi also supports a more abstract event-based automation capability allowing users to create very simple “if-this-then-that” programmatic integrations.
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|Performance and Scalability||
Plexxi offers full line rate, non-blocking switches. Fabrics support pod sizes up to 120 racks, with various pod interconnect mechanisms availability to support full large-scale data center rollouts.
|Visibility & Troubleshooting Capabilities||
Fabric visualization with the ability to see utilization per workload. Full end-to-end graphical trace route functionality with visual indications of connectivity issues. Full machine data (sflow, syslog, SNMP, CPU stats) collection and dashboarding.