One promise of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is ease of management. Break down the silos, put all the components into a unified whole displayed on a single pane of glass, and voila! Apps are served.
But networking hasn’t been integrated as effectively into HCI as the other components of the IT stack. Networking, even in an HCI world, tends be difficult. And with the dynamic needs of HCI, networking just isn’t keeping up.
The days of standing up the network and letting it run are past, because a best effort, rough approximation of how the network should behave isn’t something you have to settle for anymore.
Discussing integration of HCI with networking is Big Switch Networks, our sponsor for today’s Priority Queue. Prashant Gandhi, Chief Product Officer at Big Switch, is our guest.
We talk about why “best-effort” networking isn’t suited for HCI, and look at HCI-specific operational issues and use cases including container networking and multi-tenancy.
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