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Not sure if you heard, but Plexxi is so much more than just the top of rack solution for your HCI deployment. Don’t get me wrong. We quite proudly excel at empowering HCI for peak performance, but there is so much more. Plexxi HCN goes up, down, east, west, north, south. There is no li...
What does “integrated” mean to you? Many networking vendors tend to use the term “integrated” to generally indicate that they work with other parts of the IT infrastructure ecosystem, or the cloud management platform. But in my experience, every vendor has a different definition and wh...
Vendors, especially networking vendors, keep using the term “integrated” to imply that they work with other parts of the IT infrastructure ecosystem, generally the cloud management platform (i.e. VMware, OpenStack, Nutanix Prism). However, every vendor seems to have a different idea of...
The Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) space is booming and is delivering great value by collapsing the SAN tier into the compute tier to drive simplicity and OpEx/CapEx savings. In fact, Gartner suggests that the HCI market will be worth $5 billion by 2019. But there’s a catch: Tradi...
2017 was quite a year for Plexxi. We completed several major Plexxi deployments at massive scale, and became extremely well positioned for exponential growth in 2018 and beyond. We were also pleased to share that 2017 was the year that Plexxi became profitable, thanks to our customers....
Before the holidays we announced the addition of several partners across Europe, expanding the Plexxi HCN™ footprint and mission as the networking solution of choice for the burgeoning data center in the cloud era. We are thrilled to welcome Data Solutions in the UK and Ireland, Delo G...
For those of us old enough to remember Y2K, it’s hard to believe we are already in 2018. Just a scant 19 years ago we worried that the world would end when computers were asked to switch centuries on their internal clocks from 19## to 20##. ‘Future proofing’ was not a concept embraced ...
It’s the holidays and the New Year is upon us. For many of us it means a quiet week at the office with a lot of leftovers, long lunches and cookies to tempt us. It is a good time for reflection and re-setting both at home and at work. And here in New England, it […] The post Happ...
NASHUA, N.H. – December 20, 2017 — Plexxi, the leader in Hyperconverged Networking (HCN), today announced the addition of select partners across Europe. These partnerships are all uniquely positioned to drive further validation of Plexxi HCN™ as the networking solution of choice ...
It wasn’t long ago when a typical commute involved taking wide, well-developed roads to your destination. But, with an increase of cars on the roads and office parks being built, traffic at peak travel times soon proved to be an issue and congested roads soon became problematic. Today,...
Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, software-defined networking, Hyperconverged Infrastructure, the cloud. These are all technological advancements intended to improve how IT systems and operations work, to give the business better agility and reduced costs, and ultimately to giv...
Our attendance at last month’s Nutanix .NEXT Europe conference with our partner, Data Solutions, was one for the books. Not only was the event sold out with more than 2,200 attendees (twice the size of last year’s Vienna conference), but also it was a wonderful celebration of simplicit...
This month we were thrilled to announce a new addition to the Plexxi team – Denis Vilfort, our new VP of marketing. With more than 20 years of technology experience, Denis will help amplify the Plexxi HCN message and support the company as we continue to break new ground in netwo...
I just wrapped up the week with our partner, Data Solutions, at Nutanix .NEXT in Nice, their second annual European conference. Sold out at over 2,200 attendees, twice last year’s Vienna conference, the show also boasted a grand expo floor compared to the humble room in Vienna. It was ...
NASHUA, N.H., Nov. 16, 2017 — Plexxi, the leader in Hyperconverged Networking, today announced the appointment of Denis Vilfort as Vice President of Marketing. Alongside senior vice president of enterprise sales, Mitch Breen, Vilfort will drive the amplification of the Plexxi HCN...
If you answered yes, it’s time to reconsider how you roll out new technology. Today’s technological advancements are intended to enhance business agility, improve how IT systems/operations work, and cut costs, with the end-goal of offering a better overall user experience. But, oftenti...
Network awareness is on the rise – and the integral role it plays in IT shows no sign of slowing. From the IoT to machine learning, automated configuration and remediation, networks are more essential than ever in providing the critical services needed to keep IT operations alive...
“HCI is a good way to build a private cloud very efficiently and simply, and a lot of our customers are looking at building a private cloud with HCI. Our focus is on data center networking and building very converged networking systems that are easy to scale out.” – Mat Mathews, ...
I think most of us would agree that simpler is better, especially when it comes to technology. Take your smartphone, for example. iPhones, Andriods, etc. provide an abundance of features packaged together to help support your busy life.   The same is possible for networks – throu...
Remember the good ole days when there was no traffic and it took you less than 1 hour to get to/from work? Me neither. I remember bad traffic on highways with construction because they were being widened to accommodate more traffic and increased population (hello Boston Big Dig that ne...
We’re thrilled to report that Plexxi was selected by the New Hampshire Union Leader as one of 12 New Hampshire Innovators! At Plexxi, New Hampshire holds a special place in our hearts, not only for the unmatched quality of life it offers, but also for its innovative and booming communi...
If you’ve been following the evolution of enterprise IT infrastructure, it’s safe to say you know of HCI as “Hyperconverged Infrastructure,” defined by the collapsing compute and storage (and sometimes networking) into easier to consume and grow building blocks, for building a cl...
We have posed this question in past blogs, but it is worth asking yourself again – how ready is your network to support the business once you implement an HCI strategy? We hear more and more that people think they are ready, but then the workloads increase and points of failure are exp...
Anyone following Enterprise IT infrastructure knows of HCI as Hyperconverged Infrastructure, or the idea of collapsing compute and storage (and sometimes networking) into easier to consume and grow building blocks, for the purpose of building a cloud-like infrastructure. If we step bac...
Its 2017 and you want to break free from the shackles of your outdated (and villainous) network infrastructure so that you can achieve unprecedented agility and scale. So, what’s the secret? Invisibility. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT for a webinar with...
It’s been an exciting few months here at Plexxi, with the announcement of new versions of Plexxi’s switches and Control and Connect products, a .NEXT Conference for the books, and a recent partnership with Decision Lab. While we are still running full speed ahead, I wanted to take a mo...
With today’s distributed, scale-out applications and Hyperconverged Infrastructures (HCI) placing new challenges on the network, real-time visualization of the current and potential future state of the network is vital to maintaining a reliable and performant solution. Last week we wer...
The Plexxi family has a rich IT, networking, and data center history. With backgrounds in finance, manufacturing, marketing, and coding (and more!), as well as experience at well known companies such as EMC, Sun, 3Com, and Nortel, our team is a strong balance of inventor and practition...
NASHUA, N.H., Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Plexxi, a pioneer in Hyperconverged Networking (HCN) and Decision Lab, a Big Data and Engineering firm, today announced a new strategic partnership, where the companies will work together to extend Plexxi’s HCN™ software to include...
“Set-it-and-forget-it.”  We hear this phrase all the time. In consumer land, the phrase is used extensively to promote product simplicity and reliability. But ask yourself, “is there anything in the world of IT that is truly set-it-and-forget-it?” With all of the complexity, variables,...
Recent ESG research revealed that most organizations it surveyed are embracing the concept of the private cloud and are about to or have deployed some sort of private cloud: 33% employ a basic internal cloud 46% report using an advanced internal cloud 20% selected a complete IT-as-a-se...
“Pressure is mounting for companies to increase business agility and improve efficiencies by adopting advanced IT models to deliver new applications to both customers and internal departments. Given this reality, we now see many firms turning to hyperconverged technologies for help in ...
Last month, our Plexxi Switch 3eq product was named as one of “12 hot networking products for the summer” by CRN. We were in good company, alongside Juniper Networks and Cisco. You can check out the full list of hot networking products here. The Plexxi Switch 3eq offers a solid foundat...
In case you missed it, last month we had the privilege of sponsoring the .NEXT Conference in Washington DC, hosted by Nutanix. The conference was an outstanding event. Between the continuously crowded Plexxi booth where we demoed our seamless Nutanix integration and automation, to Yuan...
Awareness. By definition, it means understanding one’s environment, its variables, its dynamics, and its current and potential future state. It’s safe to say awareness is essential to successfully achieving your goals in most endeavors. Plexxi HCN is what we call “Nutanix aware.” In ot...
There was no better way to slide into summer than sponsoring the .NEXT Conference in Washington DC, hosted by Nutanix. It was exciting and gratifying for the Plexxi team to meet and be a part of this exciting community, Cloud Builders. It is very clear that there is a need for a change...
While browsing the Plexxi website recently you may have discovered our new featured customers page. Debuted this week, it highlights a select handful of the many organizations that have embraced our Hyperconverged Network solutions. On the page you’ll find information on our customers ...
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...
In a previous blog post, I talked about Plexxi’s network awareness of applications and infrastructure. I talked about how this awareness can make many network operations dynamic and transparent to the IT administrator. I also discussed how awareness can enhance infrastructure agility b...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 26, 2017 – Plexxi, a pioneer of hyperconverged networking (HCN), today announced enhanced network integration with the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. Plexxi, a Nutanix Elevate Partner and Gold Sponsor of this week’s Nutanix .NEXT Conference in Washington, D....