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PlexxiPulse—Our CEO on “Cloud Builders”

The future of IT is rapidly changing. The transition to private and public clouds is forcing the need for integrated and elastic infrastructure. These changes are the impetus of a new role (and customer) called the Cloud Builder or Cloud Architect. Cloud Builders look at applications and data requirements from the perspective of business goals, not static technology silos. CEO Rich Napolitano details the parameters and implications of this new role in a blog post, and also outlines how Plexxi’s tools enable Cloud Builders to drive agility and workflow integration across what were once disparate compute, storage and network domains. Give it a read.

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

ITBusinessEdge: Converging Your Way to a New Data Center
By Arthur Cole
Vested interests in the IT industry have a lot riding on the hope that the enterprise will want to keep some of its infrastructure in-house rather than push everything onto the cloud as the decade unfolds. But this is only likely to happen if on-premises hardware is low-cost, highly scalable and maintains a tight footprint. This is why so many designers are touting converged and hyper-converged infrastructure. By filling small, modular appliances with massive computing, storage and networking capabilities, converged solutions will offer an efficient means to support critical workloads without sending data beyond the corporate firewall.

Datanami: Big Data Spreading Everywhere Like Air, Deloitte Says
By Alex Woodie
For some, the downward trend of the term “big data” on Web word counters and disappearance off hype curves is an indication that the phenomenon has past, that big data is now neither a problem to be solved nor an opportunity to be taken advantage of. But some smart folks see the situation differently, including those at Deloitte Consulting, who say big data has become like the air we breathe. Deloitte uses the phrase “everywhere analytics” to describe how the rapid evolution of data and analytics is impacting our world. “A few years ago, it [big data] was treated as an up-and-coming trend,” the consulting firm says in its “Analytics Trends 2016” report, which it released today. “Now it’s just the air we breathe in analytics, influencing business strategy and commanding substantial investment every day.”

Information Age: Why the future of storage is software-defined
By Ben Rossi
Anyone starting a company today is unlikely to buy a server, or fill a shopping cart with boxes of Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, and Exchange DVDs. They would be far more likely to sign up for online accounting, website management, cloud HR, and online customer database tools. They would almost certainly get a laptop with a big hard drive, store files there, and start sharing the content with Gmail, Dropbox, or Slack. If they needed productivity tools, they would go to Microsoft Office 365, or they might go all Google and just create content there. Small businesses are increasingly using storage inside cloud apps and they are never turning back. But where does that leave larger businesses? Like their smaller counterparts, enterprises are also turning to the cloud to host more and more of their applications, but still tend to keep the bulk of their transactional data and intellectual property on their own servers, to ensure security and conduct faster analytics.

SDxCentral: Top Three Attributes to Future Proof Your Data Center
By Sarah Sorensen
The data center is becoming the hub of an enterprise’s IT, prospects of the organization, whether it’s private, public, or hybrid. If your data center can’t perform, scale, or adjust, then your business won’t be able to do so either. Unfortunately, there are no bulletproof blueprints for how to build, or more accurately, evolve your data center to support all the needs of your business; a problem that is exacerbated by the fact your business is constantly changing. This flux explains the number of trends we have seen come, go, and come back again (in slightly different form) within the data center over the years.

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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.