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PlexxiPulse— Setting the Pace

“Established players may rule the networking roost, but solution providers should watch for smaller companies likely to set the pace of innovation in SDN and network virtualization.”

This week, Mike Vizard of Channel Insiders included Plexxi in a piece that discussed how solution providers across the channel should pay attention to smaller, independent companies. The independent companies are setting the pace of innovation across the category and looking to embrace channel partners. A recent survey conducted by QuinStreet Enterprise found that the rate at which IT organizations are starting to deploy SDNs and network virtualization technologies is gaining momentum. With that kind of growth, partners across the channel will need to work with multiple vendors across the category to keep up with the growing demand.

We’re honored to be named among the dozen “small” vendors that are up and coming in the SDN and network virtualization world. Check out what Vizard had to say about us here.

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

SiliconANGLE: The Cloud Security Alliance publishes its best practices for Big Data security
By Mike Wheatley
Big Data is a boon for businesses worldwide, but the benefits come at a cost. The more data companies store, the more vulnerable they are to potential security breaches. And data breaches can be enormously expensive when they occur. IBM’s 2016 Cost of Data Breach report found that the average consolidated total cost of a data breach grew from $3.8 million to $4 million in the last year, which makes securing their data an important goal for any company that’s invested in it. Targeting those companies, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) released a new report on Friday offering 100 best practices for Big Data and cloud security.

Light Reading: SDN + AI: A Powerful Combo for Better Networks
By Carol Wilson
The combination of software-defined networking and machine learning/artificial intelligence is becoming a powerful tool for making networks more reliable and secure. And while not everyone is willing to talk about their activities yet — CenturyLink Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. declined interview requests on this topic — a peek inside what is happening at AT&T Inc. and Level 3 Communications Inc. offers a clear view of what’s possible. In this first of two stories, executives at those companies share how machine learning and AI are being built into their networks today.

BetaNews: Software-defined networking is here, whether enterprises are ready or not
By John Vladmimir Slamecka
Software-defined networking will enable today’s explosive data growth to continue by making telecoms more agile and scalable. Network traffic is growing at an astonishing rate. We attribute this to video conferencing, dynamic cloud workloads and unified communications. Data traffic on the AT&T wireless network grew more than 150,000 percent between 2007 and 2015. This is only the beginning, though. New technology will continue to push bandwidth demand even higher in the future. This includes the Internet of Things, 4K video, virtual reality and augmented reality.

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More Stories By Mat Mathews

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.

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