Plexxi's Affinity-based scale-out networking products build and manage network capacity and functionality directly from data center resident workloads. These products use a top-down approach that starts with application configuration and ends in the connectivity needed to achieve those needs, rather than the other way around. Unlike other Ethernet products, Plexxi has replaced traditional electronics networking with optics, traditionally used in telecom systems. This is intended to boost speed but also reduce costs and power draw. Plexxi's technology builds an abstract and programmable layer on top of the physical networking gear. The Plexxi Switch, which is used with the Plexxi Control software, is designed to carry traffic between racks of servers as fast as possible.