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We’re excited to report we have been named to CRN’s 2017 Software-Defined Data Center 50, a list of 50 companies on the forefront of the development of the software-defined data center (well, technically 49 companies, with VMware included separately from Dell EMC). We’re in good company, alongside Big Switch Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix and Nutanix. Check out the full list here.

Check out a few of the other lists CRN has included us in over the years:

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

SearchSDN: SDN fuels the network transformation needed for digital shift
By Jennifer English
The rise of the digital transformation economy — and the steps needed to enable that shift — highlighted IDC’s annual Directions conference, held here last week. While it is oftentimes easy to get caught up with emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and augmented and virtual reality, the underlying message is much clearer, analysts said: Without network transformation, fueled in large part by SDN and automation, there is no digital transformation.

BizTechMagazine: How to Effectively Deploy Storage in Hyperconverged Environments
By Neil Bright
The arguments for hyperconvergence are compelling: Ease of deployment, reduced effort to operate and lower ­acquisition costs are commonly touted benefits. Under the hood, hypconverged infrastructure (HCI) implements conceptually similar ­technologies as the traditional combination of virtualization and storage, but it adds a software layer on top to provide easy management, ­administration and monitoring ­functions. That results in a few design trade-offs when deploying HCI that systems administrators should consider as they’re planning.

Enterprise Networking Planet: How SDN Will Deliver on the Hybrid Cloud
By Arthur Cole
For the enterprise, the hybrid cloud is the holy grail of data infrastructure. Through a single management interface, operators can create resources in the local data center and in the public cloud and then deploy workloads wherever and however they desire. In practice, however, hybrids are proving to be troublesome at best. The key issue is the need to maintain performance standards across disparate infrastructure so applications running at home can maintain proper sync with those on third-party clouds. In short, it requires a great deal of network flexibility just to achieve basic functionality across the hybrid cloud.

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