One year ago today, we announced GV (formerly Google Ventures) invested in Plexxi. GV’s investment enabled us to continue to scale our networking product offerings and company operations to meet the needs of the emerging cloud builder community and drive adoption of software-defined architecture in data centers. It has been an eventful 12 months since then in the industry. We saw massive legacy vendors consolidate to deal with shrinking IT enterprise markets (e.g. Dell-EMC), new hyper-convergence and enterprise cloud vendors (e.g. Nutanix) begin to grow up and consolidate storage, compute and orchestration faster than these mega-mergers can rationalize their portfolios and re-align fiefdoms.

I look forward to see if 2017 will bring more in the way of surprise endings or cliffhangers especially as it relates to Enterprise consolidation and the emergence of Hyper-converged Infrastructure and Enterprise Cloud solutions to the market.

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

The VAR Guy: 2016 Was a Record Year for Data Center Acquisitions, but 2017 Will Be off the Charts
By Bill Stoller
Data center acquisition volume hit record levels in 2016, and that record will likely be smashed in 2017 when the Verizon and CenturyLink portfolio deals close. While there were a few larger deals in 2016 — mainly involving Equinix and Digital Realty Trust — majority of the sales were “small-ball,” a combination of many singles and a few triples averaging $65 million. According to a report just released by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Five 9s Digital, data center acquisitions more than doubled in 2016 to almost $1.7 billion. Notably, 2015 was a slow year with just $750 million in transactions. However, the $1.7 billion in 2016 eclipsed both 2014 and 2013 transaction dollar volumes of $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively.

Data Center Knowledge: Creating Efficiency with Converged Infrastructure: How to Reduce Overall Space
By Bill Kleyman
Today, converged infrastructure aims to unify powerful data center resources and introduce new levels of economics for the business. It’s important to see just how much we’re advancing when it comes to data delivery, new types of devices connecting into the data center, and how it’s impacting your business. Converged systems are powerful platforms that took the industry by storm when introduced. With built-in automation, high-density architecture, and high-performance chassis, converged systems help architect a very robust cloud and storage environment. The idea is to create unparalleled density and allow for resources to be delivered as effectively as possible.

SearchDataCenter: To reap the benefits of hyper-convergence, manage it right
By Alastair Cooke
To gain the greatest value from your investment in hyper-converged infrastructure, it’s critical to embrace the simplification it brings to data center operations. That simplified management of the data center, after all, ranks among the top benefits of hyper-convergence, and it would be unwise to replicate the constraints of your previous system’s architecture. If your organization is interested in hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), it’s smart to give some thought to how you’ll manage it once it’s implemented. You’ll want to be sure this powerful new technology lives up to expectations. A well-integrated infrastructure product can make a data center simpler to operate, yes, but that doesn’t mean your IT team won’t have to manage the HCI to be sure it does all that it is capable of doing.

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