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Nutanix .NEXT 2017 Conference Recap — The Infrastructure Was Invisible, but Plexxi’s Team Stood Out

There was no better way to slide into summer than sponsoring the .NEXT Conference in Washington DC, hosted by Nutanix. It was exciting and gratifying for the Plexxi team to meet and be a part of this exciting community, Cloud Builders.

It is very clear that there is a need for a change in networking – a change that Plexxi is pioneering. A Hyperconverged Network for a Hyperconverged Infrastructure. We heard it in our many conversations, saw it in sessions, and validated it with award recognition, theCUBE interview and our conference session.

Don’t worry if you missed the event – here are the highlights you need to know.

Plexxi Named Nutanix Elevate Partner of the Year – API Innovation

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 You like us! You really like us! Plexxi is thrilled to be a trusted partner of Nutanix and to be recognized in front of our peers. With this Nutanix Acropolis AHV Integration capability, customers can deploy an HCN fabric that is “Nutanix aware.”

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“We are delighted to have Plexxi as an important networking partner, and we congratulate them in winning the Nutanix Elevate Partner of the Year award for API Innovation, said Lara Padilla, Sr. Director of Strategic and Technology Alliances at Nutanix.  “The award recognizes Plexxi’s deep and seamless network integration with Nutanix, providing Nutanix customers with network management automation and network visualization through our native Prism interface.” Learn more.

Keynote Announcement: Plexxi is a Founding Member of the Nutanix Calm Marketplace

Probably the most significant announcement at the event from Nutanix is how they are continuing to extend the vision of a single Enterprise Cloud OS for customers’ datacenters. Nutanix Calm will provide application automation and lifecycle management for Nutanix and public clouds, as part of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.

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Calm orchestrates the provisioning, scaling and management of applications across multiple environments to make the entire IT infrastructure more agile and application centric. We are looking forward to being a part of this solution. Learn more.

theCUBE Has a Sit Down with Rich Napolitano, Plexxi CEO

Rich joined our friends at SiliconAngle Media’s  “theCUBE” again for a great chat about the state of the industry, how Plexxi is shaping the networking landscape and all the goodness of Plexxi HCN – the Nutanix aware network. Watch now!

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Rich Napolitano on theCUBE

Mat Mathews and Yuan Wang Present Plexxi HCN for Nutanix

On day 2 of the conference, Mat Mathews, Co-Founder & VP Product Management of Plexxi joined forces with Yuan Wang, Networking & Security Specialist at Nutanix to present: Introducing the Hyperconverged Network.

Mat and Yuan discussed the reasons why hypervconverged infrastructure needs a hyperconverged network. They reviewed the multiple attributes of HCN and cited examples of how customers can use Plexxi HCN to build a solid HCI foundation from the start, one that customers can easily scale into a full-fledged Enterprise Private Cloud. They also had a short demo of how Plexxi HCN integration with Nutanix makes Plexxi HCN “Nutanix aware,” which enables network visualization in Prism, as well as configuration and management automation.

They were even joined on stage by Daniele Mancuso of Sparkle (Telecom Italia) who shared his experience with Plexxi and Nutanix.

“The integration of Plexxi HCN with Nutanix creates a seamless, converged infrastructure cloud that enables new scale capabilities and allows us to offer internal departments/clients the workload SLAs they cannot get from legacy cloud architectures,” said Daniele Mancuso, Director of Innovation and Engineering, Telecom Italia Sparkle.

Watch the session recording now! Watch now.

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So much excitement! What are you waiting for? Contact us today and let’s discuss how Plexxi can deliver a simply better network for your organization.

Plexxi CEO Final Word

The 2017 .Next Conference proved to be an outstanding event for Plexxi in many dimensions. From the continuously crowded Plexxi booth, where our team demoed our seamless Nutanix integration and automation to hundreds of potential customers, to the Nutanix Elevate Partner Award for API Integration, to Yuan and Mat’s excellent presentation and demo on why Plexxi HCN for Nutanix. We definitely had a very visible presence at the event, hosted by our good friends and partner Nutanix.

I want to thank the entire Nutanix team for their support and enthusiasm for what Plexxi is doing. I also want to thank Daniele Mancuso from one of our biggest customers, Telecom Italia Sparkle, who joined Mat’s session to talk about how Plexxi significantly reduces their operating expenses across their new, multi-datacenter buildout. Which brings me to my final point…

My greatest takeaway from the event was the learning experience I garnered from the many, many customers I talked to. What resonated with me the most is that many of these customers would be willing to spend Capex on their network to reduce operational complexity (Opex). But, they also understand that traditional networks are very complex and that such an approach runs the risk of actually increasing operational complexity and costs. This is the customer dilemma, and this is exactly why the combination of Nutanix and Plexxi is so compelling to customers. (The invisible HCI meets the invisible HCN network.)  While our Plexxi HCN reduces Capex, our focus is on addressing Opex directly by reducing complexity – by making the network essentially invisible. This is why our Nutanix integration, automation, and visualization were such a hit at .NEXT this year.

P.S. – see you in 2018 in New Orleans! Beignets are on us                 </div>
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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.

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