Plexxi, Inc. of Nashua Wins NHHTC 2015 Product of the Year Title

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Plexxi Inc. of Nashua in the winner's circle at NHHTC annual awards.
Pictured left to right: Peter Antoinette, co-founder, president and CEO of Nanocomp Technologies, and prior Product of the Year Award winner; Paul Mailhot, VP of Business Operations at Dyn and chairman of the Council’s board of directors; Michael Welts, VP of Marketing at Plexxi; Toral Cowieson, Senior Director of Internet Leadership at the Internet Society and the Council’s vice chair; and Matt Cookson, president of Cookson Strategies and the Council’s Executive Director.

BEDFORD, NH – Technology, mobile devices and how we use the Internet has changed a lot in the last 25 years, but the network supporting it hasn’t. That’s where Nashua-based Plexxi, Inc. and its disruptive networking solution, The Plexxi Switch 2, comes in. The product that condenses and re-architects data networks so applications can operate at lightning-fast speeds took home top honors during Thursday’s 10th anniversary Product of the Year Award, put on by the NH High Tech Council.

The Plexxi Switch 2 transforms decades-old legacy network architecture into a single-tier, single box solution that understands the bandwidth that you and your application need, and carves out a special lane on the information superhighway just for that purpose.

Michael Welts, VP of Marketing for Plexxi, describes his product, The Plexxi Switch 2, to New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan as part of the Product of the Year Award product demonstration portion of the event.
Michael Welts, VP of Marketing for Plexxi, describes his product, The Plexxi Switch 2, to New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan as part of the Product of the Year Award product demonstration portion of the event.

“Since the beginning of digital time, we have created four zettabytes of information. In the next five years alone, we will create 10 times that,” said Michael Welts, the company’s vice president of marketing. “With that exponential growth, how do you expect the current infrastructure to manage that? Something has to change, and that’s what we’re doing.”

More than 200 people, including New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, were on hand Nov. 12 as the Council honored the five finalist companies competing for the 2015 Product of the Year award with Judges Awards recognizing their innovative approaches and development of their inventions and solutions. The five finalists – ARC Energy, B2W Software, Plexxi, Rapid Insight, and Retrieve Technologies – were selected from a pool of dozens of entries, and showcased their products during a reception before the event at the Manchester Country Club and during a seven-minute presentation to the audience.

The audience then voted for their favorite finalist, and the popular vote was weighted equally with prior results from the Council’s judging panel to reveal the overall winner.

Winning gadget, designed to keep Internet users up to speed in ever-changing world of data management.
Plexxi Switch 2, the winning gadget, designed to keep Internet users up to speed in ever-changing world of data management.

“Kudos to Plexxi for coming out on top of a very impressive field of finalists, all of which may very likely help grow our tech economy,” said Matt Cookson, the Council’s executive director. “The solutions Plexxi is creating benefit anyone who uses the Internet for business, fun, education or to connect to any of the countless devices we rely on every day. We’re thrilled to see innovation like this coming out of New Hampshire and so proud of the 2015 Product of the Year winner.”

Plexxi, along with having its name added to the beautiful POY trophy designed by Pepi Hermann Crystal, will have a spotlight display at the I-93 South welcome center to ensure New Hampshire residents and visitors alike recognize the immense technology innovation that happens in New Hampshire each year.

Past Product of the Year Award winners include Prosenex, Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, Holase Incorporated, Sky-Skan, Foss Manufacturing, Therma-HEXX, and Single Digits.

The Council would like to thank POY 2015’s major sponsors: Autodesk; BerryDunn; Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson; Cross Insurance; Dunn Rush & Co., Dyn; Eversource, FairPoint Communications; Hanover Insurance; TD Bank; Nanocomp Technologies; NH Business Review; Newforma; and Single Digits.


About the NH High Tech Council

The New Hampshire High Tech Council engages, connects, and supports member companies throughout New Hampshire. Since 1983, the Council has supported education, research, innovation, and economic development efforts that have helped New Hampshire become a national leader in entrepreneurship and business. For more information, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit nhhtc.org, email info@NHHTC.org or connect via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.


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