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NASHUA, NH – November 10, 2016 — Plexxi, a pioneer of software-defined data center infrastructure, today announced the release of its hyperconverged infrastructure newsletter, “Optimizing Hyperconverged Infrastructure with Plexxi,” featuring research from Gartner. The newsletter emphasizes how many IT organizations are looking to hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) to reduce infrastructure and complexity but many overlook the network implications of HCIS on legacy data center network architectures. According to a recent Gartner report, “As HCIS workloads move beyond the common virtual desktop deployments, it will become critical to understand the needs of each workload. Clusters will grow in size, message sizes may grow, I/O loads will increase by 10 times and traffic patterns will shift.” 1

In a related research report, “Leverage Networking to Ensure Your Hyperconverged Integrated Systems Can Support Demanding Workloads,” 2 Gartner states “as adoption of hyperconverged integrated systems for mainstream workloads grows, network architects must ensure networking is more than a set of fat, dumb pipes. Demanding workloads such as enterprise-class databases and event/stream processing will drive HCIS networking into uncharted territory.”

Some key challenges highlighted within the report:

  • Most HCIS deployments today have largely ignored the network. Adoption of HCIS has built a new silo, resulting in new coordination challenges for the network team.
  • Mixing user access, internode application traffic, internode storage traffic, VM mobility and storage access traffic on a single network switch without bandwidth control can lead to unpredictable performance and system stability, and compromised data integrity.
  • Treating the network as fat, dumb pipes makes it harder to troubleshoot application performance problems from an end-to-end perspective.
  • Lack of integration into the network topology and network management of data center leaf/spine networks increase cost and complexity, while reducing performance and availability.

To access the newsletter, which features additional research from Gartner, click here.

1 Gartner, Use Networking to Differentiate Your Hyperconverged System, Joe Skorupa, Jeffrey Hewitt, Evan Zeng, 26 May 2016

2 Gartner, Leverage Networking to Ensure Your Hyperconverged Integrated Systems Can Support Demanding Workloads, 19 August 2016.

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About Plexxi Inc.

Plexxi delivers software defined infrastructure building blocks and systems for building software-defined data centers and public / private clouds. Plexxi solutions enable Cloud Builders to harness the power of a single, simple platform to create private/public/hybrid cloud and data center networks. Plexxi’s software defined infrastructure solutions provide a comprehensive suite of building blocks, from hardware to management and application integrations that dynamically help applications to perform better at half the capital and operating expense of legacy solutions. Headquartered in Nashua, N.H., Plexxi investors include GV (formerly Google Ventures), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @PlexxiInc.

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