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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Its 2017 and you want to break free from the shackles of your outdated (and villainous) network infrastructure so that you can achieve unprecedented agility and scale.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....
The 2017 Nutanix .NEXT Conference is only a few days away, and we couldn’t be more excited. This year, I’ll be co-presenting with Nutanix’s networking security specialist engineer, Yuan Wang. We’ll be discussing Plexxi HCNTM  integration with Nutanix — and demonstrating the autom...
Nashua, NH – June 20, 2017 – Plexxi, a pioneer of hyperconverged networking (HCN), today announced that Plexxi Co-Founder and VP of Product Management, Mat Mathews, will be a featured speaker at the Nutanix .NEXT Conference on June 28. Mathews, an industry-recognized networking veteran...
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Sometimes it seems that the more things change, the more they remain the same.  Back in the day, when Sun Microsystems was flying-high selling leading-edge, distributed computing solutions, the company’s tagline was, “The Network is the Computer.” To many at the time, this was a foreig...
As organizations streamline their datacenter operations and move to consolidate their IT assets, they need the agility to quickly deploy and scale their infrastructure. This week, we were excited to announce new versions of Plexxi’s switches, and Control and Connect products (complete ...
Hey, Brian here. In my inaugural blog, I talked about the technology trifecta of hyperconverged compute, storage, and networking, and how I think Plexxi represents a critical next phase of networking. That discussion, as well as my occasional dabbling in autonomous robotics, got me thi...
NASHUA, N.H. – June 13, 2017 – Plexxi, a pioneer of Hyperconverged Networking (HCN), today announced the introduction of its new Switch 3eq Ethernet (for 25/50/100 GbE) switches, and the latest versions of its Plexxi Control (software-defined network fabric control) and Ple...
For all you Plexxi blog fans out there, make sure to check out our CEO blog, where Plexxi CEO Rich Napolitano sheds light on advancements and recent announcements in networking and at Plexxi. With more than 30 years of IT experience, most recently as the head of EMC’s Unified Storage D...
It’s safe to say that network security is top-of-mind for most CIOs and their IT staff in today’s tech landscape, and ensuring continued security will remain a top challenge. Many organizations struggle to create a network security model that is both flexible enough to react to constan...
The Challenge: In the networking industry, change is driven by the applications that run on top of IT infrastructure. To keep up with industry demands, the applications themselves are shifting to be increasingly efficient while simultaneously processing vastly larger amounts of data, o...
When it comes to how networking fits into the IT equation, not much has changed in any fundamental way in decades. It’s no secret that compute and storage have converged to simplify the IT infrastructure, but traditional networking has remained complex and most often still requires spe...
By Brian Martin The other day, a friend of mine asked me why I left a great job at VMware to join Plexxi. My first blush response was simple. “I saw a great opportunity with a great company and a great team, and I went for it.” As the words left my mouth, I realized […] The post ...
It’s that time of year again – we’re counting down to the 2017 Nutanix .NEXT Conference (with Nutanix’ countdown clock, of course). We’re thrilled to be a Gold Sponsor at this year’s conference in Washington D.C. Are you attending? I’ll be delivering a 30-minute breakout session ...
Familiar with the term iatrogenics? Essentially, iatrogenic disease is the unintended consequences of medical interventions, like the negative side effects of a prescribed drug. It would be foolish to undertake any medical treatment without understanding the balance of the potential be...
If you’ve read Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Anti-Fragile, or are somehow involved in medicine, you are likely familiar with the term, iatrogenics. Essentially, iatrogenic disease is the unintended consequences of medical interventions, like the negative side effects of a prescribed drug. In...
Networks carry traffic, similar to the way planes carry passengers, but the similarities don’t end there. The process of “deadheading” (as it’s known in the airline circles) is about leveraging existing routes to re-position crew for free; basically, piggybacking on an already incurred...
I normally hate tortured metaphors, especially in IT; but this one has been stuck in my head even before the dreadful UA passenger incident, so here we go… Unfortunately, it took the horrid and avoidable treatment of a fellow human being for United to finally figure out something they ...
If you read our blog regularly (or talk to anyone that works at Plexxi), you know that hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is all the rage these days. According to a Gartner survey, 74% of businesses use or are piloting or actively researching hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. B...