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5 Companies That Came To Win This Week

For the week ending May 18, CRN takes a look at the companies that brought their 'A' game to the channel.

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HPE Steps Up Next-Generation Infrastructure Offensive With Acquisition Of Software-Defined Data Fabric Provider Plexxi

Hewlett Packard Enterprise added a critical component to its next-generation hybrid IT platform this week by striking a deal to acquire Plexxi, a developer of software-defined data fabric networking technology.

The acquisition gives HPE additional software-defined technology muscle as it moves aggressively to position itself as the leading provider of next-generation, software-defined compute, networking and storage infrastructure.

HPE said that by combining Plexxi's data center fabric with its own software-defined infrastructure, HPE could deliver a true cloud-like experience in the data center. The acquisition builds on HPE's SimpliVity hyper-converged technology and Synergy composable infrastructure.

Plexxi had partnerships with HPE rivals Dell EMC and Nutanix and solution providers speculated the acquisition spells the end of those relationships.

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