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Our top picks for our favorite news articles of the week

If you’ve been following us on the blog or on social media, you know that we announced our partnership with Big Data platform provider Cloudera last month. And, that a few months ago, our own Ed Henry demonstrated how to construct Big Data fabrics that easily integrate with systems like OpenStack and Cloudera during an installation of SDxCentral’s DemoFriday series. That webinar was recently published on SDxCentral’s website. You can watch the full presentation here to see the next generation of data fabrics in action. Enjoy!

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

Enterprise Networking Planet: The Future of White Box Networking in the Enterprise
By Arthur Cole
It seems that the farther along we get on the road to SDx, the more pertinent question is, what role will white box play in an increasingly distributed network environment? To be sure, white box hardware will see a dramatic rise in web-facing hyperscale operations in the years to come, but the advantages the technology brings to the table start to erode as scale drops. This means the traditional enterprise facility, which still has a vital role to play in the emerging data ecosystem, won’t benefit as much from the conversion to commodity solutions.

EdTech: Colleges Move to Software-Defined Data Centers
By Steve Zurier
On the plains of Canyon, Texas, West Texas A&M University plans to deploy a software-defined data center (SDDC), recognizing that it will take a few years to reach that goal. CIO James Webb says West Texas A&M deployed server virtualization in 2008 and today runs 250 VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines across 10 physical servers. “We’ve built a virtualized private cloud to support the growth of the campus,” Webb says. “It has given us the ability to scale and be more agile, providing IT resources and the ability to spin up academic services, such as online courses.”

The Enterprisers Project: 3 New trends that are pressuring CIOs
By Minda Zetlin
What trends are likely to post the biggest problems for IT during the next couple of years? Ty Rollin, CTO of the mobile technology company Mobiquity, takes a look at some of the issues CIOs and CTOs will be facing going forward. 1. Change Management: “Change management is becoming a block to agile business,” Rollin warns. “It is preventing the adoption of faster, better business processes.” The problem, he says, is that the speed of technological change is way beyond the control of corporate IT departments or tech leaders. “The depth of change is being highlighted by hackers,” he adds. “For instance, Heartbleed and other malware show that not changing and not actively testing your own systems means you will get hacked.”

Channel Partners: 3 Horsemen of the Network Apocalypse: SDN
By Art Wittmann
If there ever was a day in the ICT market where purely technical discussions drove the evolution of technology and standards, they’ve long since passed. The original idea of software-defined networking was that routing traffic based simply on a determination of the lowest-cost path ignored all sorts of interesting possibilities. Traffic could be routed on a certain path for reasons of security, for example, or because of the application that created it (video traffic goes this way, voice goes that way and data traffic goes a third way).

Forbes: Software-Defined Networking: Opportunities And Challenges
By Swift Liu
Software-Defined Networking (SDN), originally implemented in data centers, has become a popular discussion topic across the ICT industry. It has helped companies adjust network structures and configure Virtual Machines (VMs) to address constantly changing data center requirements. Pre-SDN, this had never been an easy task, especially for networks required to support multiple technologies such as mobile services, cloud computing, social media, Big Data, and the Internet of Everything (IoE). The absence of SDN made the delivery of real-time service transmissions, scalable mobile networks, and enhanced user experiences considerably more complex.

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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.