If you happen to find yourself in the Lake Minnetonka, MN area on January 26, then bundle up and join us for a fun day on the lake! We’re co-sponsoring Deltaware Data Solutions Ice Fishing & Winter Games. Don’t miss out on the Bloody Mary Bar, heated tent, hot food, cold beverages, and a good time while ice fishing and playing an array of winter games. Check out all the details and register for this free event here. We’d love to see you there!

Thu, January 26, 2017
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM CST

Agenda

10:00 am – Registration
10:30 am – Presentations
11:30 am – Ice Fishing, Winter Games, and Lunch
3:00 pm – Prize Giveaway
3:30 pm – End of Event

Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite news articles of the week.

SDxCentral: The 5 Biggest Network Stories of 2016 that Will Bleed into 2017
By Linda Hardesty
Five big stories in network virtualization in 2016 may grow into even bigger stories in 2017. These stories run the gamut from mergers, to the unfolding science of artificial intelligence (AI), to political events that may influence cyber security. Here are the five biggest network stories from the old year that are bleeding into the year to come.

Channel Partners: 5 Ways Hyperconverged Infrastructure Increases Partner Profitability
By Lee Caswell
Hyperconverged infrastructure, or HCI, is now the biggest segment of the software-defined storage market, with IDC attributing growth to lower costs, more flexibility and better ease of management versus traditional storage systems. (Not familiar with HCI? See my write-up here.) In fact, a recent study from TechTarget Research identified HCI as one of the top two technology “momentum drivers” for data-center owners, just behind hybrid cloud. Close to half of current HCI users say they’ve reduced costs.

Network World: Is dynamic resource execution the answer to auto-scaling cloud apps?
By Cheng Wu
Dynamic resource management for cloud computing is at a critical crossroad. The ultimate objective when provisioning software-defined infrastructure, synchronizing inter-cloud resources, or allocating network bandwidth is allowing applications to successfully execute on demand without concern for capacity. While these approaches are effective in supplying applications with additional capacity on demand, the downside is that application performance may not be optimized in the process.

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