The 10 Coolest Networking Startups Of 2013 (So Far)

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CEO: Dave Husak

SDN startup Plexxi emerged from stealth mode in December, carrying along with it a debut line of switches and millions in VC dollars. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company has been keeping busy ever since.

So far this year, Plexxi has announced a new partnership with storage vendor SolidFire -- an alliance Plexxi said will facilitate the flow of storage and application traffic over the same network -- and bulked up its executive team with former Juniper Networks executives including Michael Bushong, who led product management for Juniper's Junos operating system.

What's more, Plexxi said its concept of "affinity networking" even received a tip-of-the-hat from Cisco CEO John Chambers at this year's Cisco Live event.

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