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This week, CRN named Rich Napolitano to their Top 100 list of the IT industry’s foremost channel leaders. The annual list recognizes the efforts of agile decision-makers who play an integral role in evolving the way the channel does business. CRN selects leaders that represent the pre-eminent innovators, influencers, disrupters and channel sales leaders in the IT channel today. Our solutions enable success in the next era of IT as virtualization, hyperconvergence, Big Data and scale-out applications and with Rich’s guidance we are working with great partners to bring our solutions to the market. Congratulations to all of the leaders named to this year’s CRN® Top 100 list. Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite news articles of the week. Have a great weekend! SearchITChannel: Is bimodal IT the future of the channel? By John Moore CHICAGO — In CIO ... (more)

What Does a Third Era Network Look Like? By @MatMathews | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

You may have noticed that we’ve been spending some time out west demonstrating our big data fabrics and sharing our vision for the third era of networking. You’ll be seeing more meet-ups and live demonstrations in the near future, so keep an eye on the blog and on Twitter to see where we are headed next. In the meantime, can you name the 5 main characteristics of a third era network? Hint: the answer is somewhere on the Plexxi website. Tweet us your answers for the chance to win some Plexxi swag. We can’t wait to hear from you! Below please find a few of our top picks for our fa... (more)

The Case for Hybrids [#Cloud]

Plexxi along with Piston Cloud, Colovore, and King Star Computing published a white paper a few months back looking at the cost of a private cloud running OpenStack in a hosted environment versus renting compute instances from Amazon. The details are here. The short story is that in this analysis, at about 129 Cores, the costs for a private cloud start to become better than public cloud. Certainly the efficiency of colocation, commodity computing/storage, and an application oriented network fabric integrated tightly with a cloud orchestration management platform (OpenStack) has a... (more)

Requirements for Data Center Networks By @MatMathews | @CloudExpo [#SDN]

The Six Requirements for Data Center Networks One way or another, all data center networks exhibit at least six different functional areas that their operators need to engineer, implement, and operate with a differing set of needs and requirements. Similarly, in one way or another, most of the available SDN and virtualized network solutions available today or in progress aim to deal with issues in one or more of these areas to improve their functional effectiveness, cost, automated-ness, or integrated-ness. Yet some areas receive an inordinate amount of focus/attention and those... (more)

SDN: It’s the Applications, Stupid | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

I remember when we first started talking to customers about the concepts of applications driving networks, about three years ago (This was a very different conversation from other networking era’s where we talked about ‘intelligent’ networks that could better understand and adapt to applications.) While most customers loved the concepts of a scale-out network that leveraged dynamic photonic connections instead of hard-wired paths, most of them also told us that they “didn’t really know (or want to know)” about the applications at all. Some even said they didn’t want their netwo... (more)