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Let’s talk about the network. Today, we are relying increasingly on the network to connect both servers and storage elements to servers. But for decades the network was used to connect client desktops to servers. The question remains if the networking we knew back then can handle today’s challenges.

With the emergence of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems that offer solid consolidation and centralized management of distributed computing and storage resources, agility is critical. In other words, as the needs of applications and businesses change, organizations must have the ability to deploy a hyperconverged infrastructure that can change accordingly in real time and scale incrementally. The full benefits of HCI are seriously impaired without these abilities.  

Plexxi recognizes the possible limitations of existing enterprise networking infrastructures, so, we’ve built our own modern networking infrastructure for hyperconverged environments: Plexxi’s Hyperconverged Network (HCN). Learn more about the important advantages of Plexxi’s HCN offering from Plexxi CEO Rich Napolitano here.

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

Computer Weekly: How hyper-convergence is changing the shape of IT
By Cliff Saran
According to 451 Research’s Voice of the enterprise survey of IT buyers from September 2016, hyper-converged infrastructure is currently used by 40% of organisations, and the analyst company expects this to rise substantially over the next two years. In the survey of 750 IT professionals, a quarter indicated that they had hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) either in a pilot phase, or in plans for future adoption. The analyst firm believes hyper-converged infrastructure is evolving from supportive, edge infrastructure into a primary component of today’s IT organisations.

RCR Wireless: SDN: the time is now (Reality Check)
By Andrew Morawski
With the rapid adoption of new technologies from cloud computing and analytics to the explosion of third-party applications, network managers are constantly playing catch up to meet demands. They need the flexibility and agility to meet the challenge of giving employees the proper tools to efficiently execute their jobs, while also minimizing associated risk while running the network. As companies increase their reliance on their network infrastructure to drive business forward, IT leaders are looking for ways to be efficient and meet organizational demands without requiring exorbitant budgets. To do this, many in IT are looking at software-defined networks (SDN) to usher in the next generation of infrastructure.

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