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PlexxiPulse— Visualization of Plexxi’s Dynamic Network Fabric

A physical network is easy to visualize. You simply show the physical links, as defined by cabling, and traffic can be measured by monitoring physical port statistics. But what about when the network is defined by software? Visualization becomes much more difficult when you have a dynamic fabric that can scale up/down based on the needs of individual workloads. Luckily, we have a demo to help. Watch our free TFD11 demo here to see how Plexxi Control allows you to:

  • Display all fabric links, both physical and logical as well as the capacity between switches
  • Visualize fabric utilization, per-workload
  • Monitor traffic statistics per fabric interface on a per-flow basis
  • Deliver heat map visualization, per workload, and per fabric interface
  • Track of all Affinity elements (virtual machines, storage servers, etc.) that are active

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

SiliconANGLE: Wikibon says hyper-convergence has reached a market tipping point
By Bert Latamore
When Wikibon introduced the concept of the Server SAN in 2014, “hyper-convergence” was not yet a term in general use, and many considered it to be a small piece of the highly fragmented storage marketplace. Today, writes Wikibon Senior Infrastructure & Cloud Analyst Stu Miniman (@Stu), hyperconverged infrastructure, a primary instantiation of Server SAN, is reaching an adoption tipping point and moving toward becoming the primary form of physical IT infrastructure. The goal of Server SAN is not simply to move from stand-alone to server-based storage. It is to eliminate the complexities of storage management.

Forbes: Will ‘Analytics On The Edge’ Be The Future Of Big Data?
By Bernard Marr
An Internet of Things (IoT) approach to business brings many benefits, primarily access to more data and better insights. It also brings new challenges. The sheer size and speed of the data collected when every device involved in your business process is online, connected and communicating can strain the sturdiest network infrastructure. In situations where timing is critical, delays caused by bandwidth congestion or inefficiently routed data can cause serious problems. To solve these issues, the concept of “edge analytics” is gaining popularity.  Sometimes known as distributed analytics, it basically means designing systems where analytics is performed at the point where (or very close to where) the data is collected.

The VAR Guy: Special Report: The SaaS Effect
By T.C. Doyle
Like many solution providers, Sierra-Cedar has been hard at work for years helping customers modernize their existing IT systems and applications while introducing them to emerging innovations that improve efficiencies, enhance customer experiences and generate new revenue opportunities. Few things have improved Sierra-Cedar’s fortunes quite like the emergence of software-as-a-service (SaaS), which the Alpharetta, Ga., company says its customers have embraced in a big way. A survey of several completed two years ago reveals why. Customers, Sierra-Cedar discovered, said they believed SaaS apps translated into “improved user experiences,” “easier upgrades” and “best practice functionality,” among other things.

Network World: Why are SD-WANs taking off? Because they are secure, affordable and easy to use
By Eddie Fox, VP of network services, MetTel
Software-defined Wide Area Networking is red hot.  It is safe to assume that, going forward, every multi-location business will rely on SD-WAN for a cost-effective, high-quality, unified network solution. In fact, IDC recently released a report predicting SD-WAN revenue will reach $6 billion in 2020. Why?  Because SD-WANs are secure, affordable and easy-to-use. Those three magic words are enough to turn any CEO’s head, and the benefits go well beyond that. SD-WANs address a confluence of issues that multi-location businesses are facing right now.

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Visionary solutions are built by visionary leaders. Plexxi co-founder and Vice President of Product Management Mat Mathews has spent 20 years in the networking industry observing, experimenting and ultimately honing his technology vision. The resulting product — a combination of traditional networking, software-defined networking and photonic switching — represents the best of Mat's career experiences. Prior to Plexxi, Mat held VP of Product Management roles at Arbor Networks and Crossbeam Systems. Mat began his career as a software engineer for Wellfleet Communications, building high speed Frame Relay Switches for the carrier market. Mat holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.