Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) has enabled networking vendors to push more data through fiber optics. There are two major variations of WDM: Dense (DWDM) and Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM). CWDM uses fewer wavelengths with more space between the wavelengths, whereas DWDM uses more wavelengths with very small spaces between each, but comes with a significantly higher price point.

The Plexxi CWDM solutions are versatile enough to be deployed in either greenfeld and/or brownfeld installations where the number of fibers between data centers is limited. Regardless of your underlying cabling infrastructure the Plexxi solution can adapt to your environment. Amazing? Yes. But it can it be confusing, so check out our whitepaper for a full description of Plexxi’s LightRail solutions.

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

Forbes: Optimizing Hyper-Converged Deployments For Cost Efficiency And Performance
By George Teixeira,CEO, President and co-founder of DataCore Software
Traditionally, enterprises’ main storage platforms have comprised computing systems with internal disks and separate networks of disk arrays, and — more recently — faster all-flash based devices in order to store, protect and serve data as needed to run critical business applications. Hyper-converged storage has also emerged as an option, and the technology has experienced rapid growth. This type of virtualization platform combines computing power, networking, and storage in one place — minimizing compatibility issues between servers, storage systems and network devices and providing cost savings and simplified management.

SearchITChannel: Channel: Cost, speed among benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure
By Esther Shein
Expect hyper-converged infrastructure to seal its place in tech lexicon this year as more and more companies are looking at this approach to tie their storage, networking, compute and virtualization resources into an integrated architecture. Ask industry observers what they view as the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and what they rattle off sounds like infrastructure nirvana: high availability, scalability, agility, greater mobility in workloads and applications, significant cost savings and the ability to reduce storage and bandwidth.

InfoWorld: What does the future hold for hyperconverged?
By Bharath Vasudevan, Director of Product Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software-defined and Cloud Group
It doesn’t take a fortune teller to look into a crystal ball to see where the future of IT is headed. A few years ago, the world was introduced to the value a hyperconverged appliance delivers to IT. Smaller, easier to set up, deploy, use…well, just about everything! According to Gartner, “HCI (or hyperconverged infrastructure) is the fastest-growing segment of the overall market for integrated systems, reaching almost $5 billion by 2019.” And in 2016, Gartner reported that the hyperconverged segment grew by 79%.

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