|By Mat Mathews||
|December 30, 2016 09:00 AM EST|
Just before we settled in for the holidays, we announced our partnership with AE Business Solutions (AEBS), a leading IT integration and consulting company serving enterprise organizations throughout the Midwest. We’re thrilled to partner with AEBS and address the rapidly changing data center landscape, converged networking infrastructure and the build-out of public, private and hybrid clouds.
AEBS and Plexxi share a common vision – to transform IT infrastructure and architectures to a scale-as-you-grow software defined data center that delivers on the promise of simplicity, agility and cost efficiencies associated with today’s cloud computing strategies. The partnership allows AEBS to distribute Plexxi Switch, Plexxi Control and Plexxi Connect, as part of its software defined networking solutions portfolio.
Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite news articles of the week. And from all of us here at Plexxi, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!
Forbes: How To Determine If Your IT Infrastructure Is Ready For A Traffic Spike
By Justin Blanchard
For many businesses, Q4 is the busiest time of year. That’s especially true of e-commerce retailers and other seasonal businesses, many of whom begin preparations for the holiday season well in advance. But increased demand isn’t just a Q4 phenomenon. Unfortunately, in my experience, one area that many small businesses get wrong is their IT infrastructure scaling. Executives often fail to plan for increased load on their servers and network infrastructure. There are two main consequences of failing to prepare: First, a poor experience for users can negatively impact revenue. Second, sky-high overage charges for bandwidth and other infrastructure resources can inflate costs.
SearchDataCenter: Cloud, hyper-convergence ring in data center industry trends for 2017
By Erica Mixon and Tim Culverhouse
An efficient, streamlined data center has been long sought-after by IT organizations. That goal will continue to top IT’s wish lists in 2017, and it’s reflected, most recently, in the prioritization of hyper-converged infrastructure and data center consolidation. As virtualization and software-defined capabilities improve, the push to consolidate IT environments — including facilities, the infrastructure components they host and the number of IT vendors within them — will become one of the biggest data center industry trends next year, said Sophia Vargas, an infrastructure and operations analyst at Forrester Research.
ITProPortal: Nine predictions for networks in 2017
By Benson Schliesser
As the saying goes, “it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future”. And yet, around this time of year, it has become a ritual of sorts for some of us in the IT industry to attempt to do exactly this. As the calendar approaches its end each year, we look back on the events that have unfolded like a whirlwind since the new year began, and we try to make sense of them all. And then some of us, in a clear act of hubris, pretend that we can project our sensibility about these events into a prediction for the coming year. Inevitably we are wrong. But that’s what makes something like this interesting – the controversy and debate. So, in that spirit, let us begin. After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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