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PlexxiPulse— And the winner is…

The countdown is over. Today marks the start of the most recognizable sports competition in the world. Every four years, the top athletes from across the globe unite for a thrilling two weeks in the summer. And, we expect this summer to be no different! Best of luck to all the athletes competing — we’ll be watching eagerly.

In true spirit of competition, I took a look back at our most successful blog posts of 2016. Who will take the gold?

GOLD
Stateless Transport Tunneling (STT) Meets The Network
By Marten Terpstra, Jan. 23, 2014
An oldie but a goodie — a veteran. Marten’s blog from 2014 takes the gold as it is still our highest read blog in 2016. Marten looks at VXLAN, NVGRE and Stateless Transport Tunneling (STT) as they meet the network. Techies, this one is for you. And don’t miss his fun fact at the bottom!

SILVER
Simply a Better Network for Converged Infrastructure and Your Storage
Rich Napolitano, Feb. 7, 2016
Plexxi CEO, Rich Napolitano, takes the silver medal for laying out all the reasons Plexxi is simply a better network. With Plexxi, the addition and scale-out of storage and converged infrastructure resources into your private cloud is seamless.

BRONZE
For Those Who Think Differently
Bill Koss, Feb. 4, 2016
“What has been the biggest barrier to adoption for Plexxi?” A simple question, but the answer is not so simple. Bill Koss explains his answer in his bronze-worthy blog.

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

New Hampshire Public Radio: Granite Geek: UNH on the Front Lines of ‘Software-Defined’ Networking
By Cordelia Zars and Peter Biello
As software becomes more sophisticated, it has taken over jobs usually completed by humans or machines. A new kind of software technology called “Software-Defined Networking” is enabling software to take the place of certain kinds of machinery. A lab in Durham has recently begun taking a closer look at Software-Defined Networking, and Granite Geek David Brooks joined NHPR’s Peter Biello to give us the details.

CIO: Hyperconverged Infrastructure Meets the Storage Monolith
By Kurt Hildebrand
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is emerging as a way to improve the delivery speed and efficiency for IT services by overcoming bottlenecks in how IT resources are deployed.  Hyperconverged infrastructure accomplishes this by aggregating servers, storage, and networking into homogeneous resource pools to enable dynamic scaling, ease of management, and improvements in agility, utilization, and cost reduction. Adopting a hyperconvergence strategy inevitably brings up a crucial set of questions: What about my legacy infrastructure? Can I still use it?

The New York Times: Gathering Cloud-Computing
By Pui-Wing Tam
The world of enterprise software and computing is not sexy — in fact, the mere mention of it may put you to sleep. But if you’re still with me, there’s been plenty of action in that world lately. Oracle, the behemoth maker of software for businesses, on Thursday announced its biggest acquisition in more than a decade, with a $9.3 billion agreement to buy NetSuite. NetSuite specializes in accounting and other back-office e-commerce software, especially for smaller businesses, and the deal goes to the heart of Oracle’s attempt to reinvent itself for the cloud-computing era, where software is accessed over the internet, write Quentin Hardy and Leslie Picker.

Virtualization Review: Surveys Reflect Rising Interest in Software-Defined WANS, Datacenters
By David Ramel
Software seems to be defining everything these days, from networks to storage to complete datacenters and even radios. Speaking to the rising interest in the software-defined, two new surveys were published this week that specifically target WANs and datacenters. Regarding the latter, Dell Inc. yesterday published the results of its State of IT Trends 2016 global survey of some 1,200 business and IT decision-makers, referred to in the study as BDMs and ITDMs.
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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.