This week we added a few new faces to the Plexxi executive team – Mitch Breen and Mark Wright. In an article published by CRN, Plexxi Nabs Former SimpliVity Sales Leader To Drive Hyper-Convergence Growth, Mike Gregory, founder and CEO of CloudGov Technologies, a Rockville, Md.- based Plexxi partner, hit the nail on the head when he said Plexxi is on the right technology path with a “strong and ongoing” channel commitment:

“Plexxi’s investment in these two HCI industry pros means that Plexxi is very serious about selling their HCN technology to the market. We’re excited to work with Mitch and Mark to grow our Plexxi HCN business and help our customers automate and accelerate service delivery.”

We’re thrilled to add Mitch and Mark to the team as we look into 2017 and continue to focus on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and hyperconverged networks (HCN).

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

CIO: SDN:The Evolution from Hype to Competitive Advantage
By Tim Allen, Big Data Alliance Manager at Intel
Unlike many hyped technologies that either never work as advertised, or arrive long after their 15 minutes of fame, Software Defined Networking (SDN) is delivering real-world benefits to its users. A quick reminder on the foundational definition is good to review. SDN—the physical separation of the network control plane from the forwarding plane, and where a control plane controls several devices—is designed to deliver a host of networking services to datacenter and enterprise networks including automated provisioning, virtualization, and programmability. And it’s delivering, as designed.

Data Center Knowledge: Bye-bye, Big Box: Hyper-converged Infrastructure Waking Up Storage Market
By Lee Caswell is Vice President of Products, Storage & Availability Business Unit, for VMware
Enterprise storage has been the sleepy part of IT. While servers and networks have been completely reimagined over the past ten years, big-box storage has changed relatively little and is more often viewed as a necessary evil than a business driver. But there is reason to be excited about storage today as Moore’s Law rouses storage in the same way that it revolutionized servers a decade ago. What’s driving the storage revolution is the advent of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), a new approach to data center IT that consolidates software-defined storage services with virtual servers.

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