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Plexxi Named New Hampshire High Tech Council Product of the Year Finalist

We’re proud to announce that the Plexxi Switch 2 was named one of the top five finalists for “product of the year” by the New Hampshire High Tech Council. The Product of the Year award celebrates innovative products developed in the past year by New Hampshire-based technology companies and provides a platform for entrepreneurs and inventors to receive advice, promotion, and podium time in front of hundreds of tech leaders at the finalist event.

The winner will be announced at the High Tech Council’s awards event on November 12 at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford. We’ll be there presenting the Switch 2 live to the audience.

The launch of Plexxi Switch 2 Series was an incredible milestone for us and it’s with this groundbreaking technology that we’re poised to lead the next era of IT. In his article on the Switch 2 for Network World, Jim Duffy explains the technology well. Jim writes, “Plexxi’s Switch 2 Series consolidates the network fabric into a single tier for optimized east/west application traffic. It also eliminates the need for multiple switch types typically found in leaf/spine architectures.”

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CEO Rich Napolitano Named to the 2015 CRN Top 100 Executives List

We’re thrilled that CEO, Rich Napolitano has been named to CRN®’s Top 100 list of the IT industry’s foremost channel leaders. CRN’s annual list recognizes the efforts of agile decision-makers who play an integral role in evolving the way the channel does business. These 100 leaders, picked by the CRN editorial staff, represent the pre-eminent innovators, influencers, disrupters and channel sales leaders in the IT channel today.

Rich has been at the helm of Plexxi since November 2014. He brought with him a simple formula to success: bring high quality and disruptive products to market through partners that are looking to carve a new path in the market. With channel partners like CloudGov Technologies and Arrow Electronics, Plexxi is bringing this vision to the market and ushering in the next era of IT.

CRN also named Plexxi a 2015 Emerging Vendor, and reporter Michael Novinson recently spoke exclusively with Rich about our newly announced channel distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics and how this helps move the industry further faster.

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Plexxi Heads West: Big Data for Business



Big data – a buzzword that every industry is trying to wrap its head around. But what does it mean for networking?

Plexxi’s Ed Henry had the opportunity to discuss big data fabrics and Plexxi’s perspective on tackling big data in networking at a Big Data for Business Meet-Up in Denver.

Ed shared insight into both the hardware (the components and switches) and software (affinity groups and links) and how the combination of the two is necessary to manage big data. Plexxi’s hardware/software approach integrated with Cloudera Manager allows companies to manage big data clusters and provisioned services. For more information on how Plexxi can help you define and manage your big data, contact [email protected].

This is the first of many meet-ups Plexxi will be attending to share networking and big data insights. Stay tuned to find out when we’ll be in a city near you. Are you planning an event and would like Plexxi to attend or present? Send us a note at [email protected]. We’re always interested in networking about networking!


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Introducing the Plexxi Pulse Partner Summit



More exciting things happening at Plexxi’s offices this week. Wednesday marked a company milestone for Plexxi as we hosted the kick-off for our new partner program, the Plexxi Pulse Partner Summit.  The day-long event covered the fast-growing networking market, scale-out applications and new architectural requirements of the 3rd Platform IT era.

Attendees saw presentations from Plexxi’s executive team, including CEO Rich Napolitano; SVP of Sales and Support Tim Lieto; Founder and EVP of Products / CTO Dave Husak; and myself. We were also honored to have Cloudera’s Big Data Evangelist Amy O’Connor present to our attendees.

“The 3rd Platform Era of IT represents a huge opportunity for the channel to do something different and to change the cost of doing business for their customers.”

- Rich Napolitano, CEO of Plexxi

Participants from around the country attended including channel partners, systems integrators, technology partners and distributors.

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Plexxi Is Growing Again

We’re dodging scaffolding and flying paint cans around the office in our Nashua, N.H. headquarters this week as work crews knock down walls to expand our current office space to keep pace with Plexxi’s growth. Since Rich Napolitano was announced as CEO two months ago, the company has grown 20 percent (and we’re hiring across the board in development, sales, support and marketing!).

The office expansion will increase our headquarters footprint by 5,600 square feet to 23,000 square feet. The new space that’s being set up this week will house our growing sales, marketing and business operations. It will also feature customer meeting and demonstration areas that will be up and running soon.

We’ll keep you posted on our growth and promise to share more pictures once the space is complete. Now if I could only figure out where my desk was moved to…

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