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PlexxiPulse—Interested in joining our team?

If you’ve been following our blog and/or keeping up with Plexxi on social media, you may have noticed that there is a lot going on here. We recently introduced new product starter kits, began construction on our new office expansion, are working on some exciting projects, and have grown by 20 percent in the past two months. Are you interested in being a part of the Plexxi team? If so, we would love to hear from you. Check out our careers page for more information.

Below you will find our top picks for stories in the networking space this week. Have a great weekend!

In this week’s PlexxiTube video of the week, Dan Backman explains how Plexxi’s datacenter transport fabric works with optical transport gear.

Light Reading: New Plexxi Chief Makes His Mark
By Mitch Wagner
As he enters his third month in the big chair, new Plexxi CEO Rich Napolitano is retooling the company’s messaging to focus more on the benefits of software networks — using Plexxi technology, of course — and less on the abstract benefits of SDN. Napolitano took over as CEO in November after 30 years in the technology industry, most recently at EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), where he was president of the Unified Storage Division. (See Plexxi Taps Former EMC Exec as New CEO.) Napolitano’s vision for Plexxi is to communicate that it serves the needs of changing networks. Previously, enterprises and service providers built network infrastructure first. But now, networks need to be flexible to meet the needs of new applications: web-facing, mobile, big data, and hybrid clouds. Application needs come first. That requires software networks, which is where Plexxi comes in, Napolitano says.

CRN: Software-Defined Networking Poised For Its Breakout Year, Solution Providers Say
By Mark Haranas
Many solution providers believe 2015 is the year that software-defined networking will truly begin to reshape the networking landscape. “I think 2015 is probably the start of where SDN is really going to start taking off,” said Chad Williams, vice president of research and education at Matrix Integration, a Jasper, Ind.-based Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems partner. “All in all, it’s going to change the networking landscape over the next couple of years.”

InfoWorld: The Top Four Things SDN Needs For The New Year
By Howard Baldwin
Ask a seasoned network engineer about the “year of the LAN” and you’re likely to get a chuckle and this query in response: “Which one?” Indeed, various pundits insisted regularly in the late 80s that this would be the year that local-area networking would take off. Then it took off and nobody paid any more attention. The same thing is happening now with SDN. As Jim Duffy notes in his end-of-year news wrap-up, it was a year of non-stop action for SDN. Was 2014 the “year of the SDN”? Nah. Will 2015 be? Probably not, even though TechTarget’s Shamus McGillicuddy highlights several intriguing pilots at United Airlines and Cornell University, among others. As history has shown, network technology acceptance is a multi-year process.

IT World Canada: Prepare for the ‘reinvented’ network
By Danny Bradbury
What does 2015 hold for networking technology? Experts suggest that it will be a year in which elements of the network are reinvented, from the network room all the way out to the edge. One of the most significant ongoing trends is that the network is being recast in software as convergence takes over, and software-based network solutions continue to capture mindshare in the datacentre said David Hughes, CEO of Silver Peak.

Network World: After acquiring Sanbolic to fill storage void, could Citrix target networking next?
By Zeus Kerravala
This week, Citrix announced it was acquiring Sanbolic, a vendor that provides virtual storage technology for virtual data centers. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company enables customers to “software define” storage to optimize the delivery of workloads between any types of media. This includes SSD, flash storage, cloud, SAN, and NAS systems, and the aim is to improve application performance and availability, and especially storage utilization. The purchase by Citrix is an interesting one in that it fills a big void in the company’s overall virtualization portfolio. Sanbolic plugs nicely into Citrix’s desktop virtualization suite, and the two have actually been technology partners for years, so the acquisition seems logical.

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The best marketing efforts leverage deep technology understanding with a highly-approachable means of communicating. Plexxi's Vice President of Marketing Michael Bushong has acquired these skills having spent 12 years at Juniper Networks where he led product management, product strategy and product marketing organizations for Juniper's flagship operating system, Junos. Michael spent the last several years at Juniper leading their SDN efforts across both service provider and enterprise markets. Prior to Juniper, Michael spent time at database supplier Sybase, and ASIC design tool companies Synopsis and Magma Design Automation. Michael's undergraduate work at the University of California Berkeley in advanced fluid mechanics and heat transfer lend new meaning to the marketing phrase "This isn't rocket science."

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