Showing posts with label Big Switch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Big Switch. Show all posts

Friday, July 28, 2017

Big Switch secures $30.7m in capital funding

Big Switch Networksof Santa Clara, California, The Next-Generation Data Center Networking company,

a.         Founded in 2010 having originated from the original Stanford research team that invented software defined networking (SDN) technology.

b.         Began shipping its platform-independent open SDN product suite, featuring a controller, virtual switch and network monitoring application in 2012, and in 2013 started packaging its technology components into bare metal SDN fabric solutions.
c.         In January 2016 closed a Series C, $48.5 million funding round with participation from both new and existing investors, including Morgenthaler Ventures, Silver Lake Waterman, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Accton, CID Group and MSD Capital, and bringing total funding at that time to $94 million.

Has announced it has secured $30.7 million in new financing to support further sales and product expansion as organisations continue to adopt next-generation networking solutions to modernise data centres.

Big Switch stated that the latest financing involves the participation of Dell Technologies Capital, Silverlake Waterman, Index Ventures, Morgenthaler Ventures, MSD Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Intel Capital and a strategic investment from a Tier-1 service provider. The company noted that total funding raised to date exceeds $120 million.

http://www.bigswitch.com/press-releases/2017/07/27/big-switch-networks-secures-307mm-in-incremental-capital


  •  In January, Big Switch announced new capabilities for its Big Cloud Fabric (BCF), including comprehensive networking support for hyper-converged solutions powered by VMware vSAN and virtual desktop and application solutions with VMware Horizon, as well as multi-container networking support for Mesosphere DC/OS and Kubernetes container orchestration platforms, including Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Big Switch BCF certified for Red Hat OpenShift containers

Big Switch Networks, a provider of next generation data centre networking solutions, announced it has received Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Prime designation, and at the Red Hat Summit demonstrated support for solutions including Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Ceph, Enterprise Linux, Ansible by Red Hat and OpenShift Container Platform.

Specifically, the Big Switch Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) has achieved prime designation for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, with the integration designed to simplify container networking by enabling unified physical and virtual networking. As a result, BCF can be used to deploy container-based applications without the need to implement detailed networking configurations.

The new capability allows uniform networking across applications running on VMs, containers and bare-metal servers within the same Big Cloud Fabric environment, and is designed to provide benefits including:

1. Fabric automation for containers via auto host detection and LAG/MLAG formation, auto network creation (for vSwitch, leaf and spine) and IPAM and automated container network configuration.

2. Container networking visibility, including for container-name, vSwitch and vNIC, container-to container fabric trace and fabric analytics.

3. Simplified operations via a unified view of physical and virtual switches and streamlined container integration deployment workflows.

Big Switch noted that leveraging the collaboration a major Tier-1 carrier has deployed the BCF and Red Hat OpenStack Platform to create a large-scale network functions virtualisation (NFV) OpenStack cloud.

Red Hat recently released Ansible 2.3, the latest version of the agentless open source IT automation framework that is designed to provide enhanced performance, flexibility and networking capabilities. Big Switch noted that it is a contributor to Ansible to help customers achieve system-wide network automation across SDN fabrics, BCF and Big Monitoring Fabric, plus security using the BigSecure architecture.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Big Switch enhances Big Cloud Fabric

Big Switch Networks, a supplier of next-generation data centre networking solutions, announced it has extended Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) container networking support to VMware vSphere integrated containers, building on the previously introduced multi-container networking support for Mesosphere DC/OS and Kubernetes container orchestration platforms, including Red Hat OpenShift container platform.

Big Switch noted that as demand for container technology grows in enterprise and service provider data centres, a next-generation networking architecture is required to handle the rapid lifecycle of container instantiation, elasticity and retirement. BCF uses SDN to provide a single 'logical switch' managed by a centralised controller, enabling simplified network operations, visibility and telemetry of containers and their hosts, and network automation for application and micro-services deployment.

vSphere integrated containers allow organisations to use existing infrastructure to run containerised apps together with traditional applications on the same infrastructure, as well as implement tools, policies and processes to manage containerised applications in production. With the enhanced BCF, customers gain the same benefits for networking infrastructure hosting a mix of traditional VM and containerised workloads.

In container environments, the Big Switch BCF controller enables physical network automation as well as providing greater visibility of container-to-container traffic across the network through integration with vSphere integrated containers.

Big Cloud Fabric is designed to offer an optimised networking fabric for multiple VMware solutions via a single point of integration. Within VMware environments, BCF connects with the VMware vCenter API to provide physical network automation and end-to-end visibility for vSphere. In addition, the BCF controller directly integrates into vCenter to help simplify and automate application deployments on its physical SDN fabric and physical networks.

This BCF integration allows the following aspects of the network to be automated, eliminating the need for intervention from VM or network administrator: automatic ESXi host connectivity with fabric using LAG/MLAG; automated Layer 2 network configuration; and automatic network policy migration for vMotion.

Integrated VMware visibility via BCF also helps network and virtualisation administrators to resolve cross-domain issues, while vSphere integrated containers provide enterprise container infrastructure to help IT teams run both traditional and containerised applications on a common platform. Combined with BCF, the same physical infrastructure can be logically provisioned and orchestrated in different VMware environments for workloads including vSphere, vSphere + NSX, vSphere + vSAN, VMware integrated OpenStack and vSphere integrated containers.


In addition, the scale-out architecture of BCF can accommodates growth in east-west traffic with the roll-out of micro-services.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rob Sherwood leaves Big Switch for Facebook

Rob Sherwood is leaving Big Switch Networks to take up a research role at Facebook. Sherwood currently serves as Chief Technology Officer of Big Switch.


http://www.bigswitch.com/blog/2016/12/16/and-now-for-something-completely-different

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Big Switch Networks Unveils BigSecure Architecture

Big Switch Networks announced significant updates to its SDN-based Big Monitoring Fabric™ product line, including the introduction of its BigSecure Architecture, a dynamic, high-performance cyber-defense platform that enables Terabit attack mitigation.

Big Switch said its BigSecure Architecture enables existing security tools to leverage an externalized elastic attack mitigation infrastructure consisting of the underlying network and a pool of x86-based compute resources. Specifically, the BigSecure Architecture includes:

  • Big Monitoring Fabric -- an SDN-based inline fabric deployed at the data center edge or in the DMZ for connecting security tools and creating service chains; the Big Monitoring Fabric SDN controller supports programmatic operations through RESTful APIs for dynamic multi-system interactions, dynamic load balancing of tools and dynamic reconfiguration of security service chain.
  • Big Monitoring Fabric Service Node -- a high performance (40G to 160G) Intel x86 DPDK-based service node, centrally controlled and managed by the Big Mon SDN Controller, for deep-packet and flow inspection and filtering based on whitelist/blacklist of signatures for the purpose of attack mitigation. With the aid of the Big Mon Controller, it can be dynamically inserted into security service chains to guarantee front-line attack mitigation. Multiple service nodes can be deployed in a scale-out manner for Terabit filtering and mitigation.
  • NFV Tool Farm -- a pool of x86 compute resources available for hosting security tools in the form of virtual network functions (VNFs) in order to elastically scale them for Terabit attack mitigation. Big Monitoring Fabric programmatically augments service chains as well as load balances across a large set of tool VNFs.
  • Security Tools -- 3rd party security tools (such as A10 Networks' Threat Protection System) that detect and mitigate sophisticated attacks, leverage L2-L7 attack mitigation capabilities of the high-speed SDN fabric, service nodes and NFV tool farm, and interact programmatically with the Big Mon controller for dynamic attack mitigation.
  • Open Hardware -- industry-standard 10G/40G/100G Ethernet switches from Dell EMC and Edgecore Networks operating at multi-terabit bandwidth, centrally controlled and managed by the Big Monitoring Fabric controller; industry-standard x86 servers for SDN controllers, service nodes and NFV tool farm.

Once BigSecure Architecture is instantiated, a security tool detects high-bandwidth attack and interacts with the Big Monitoring Fabric Controller via programmatic APIs to redirect incoming traffic for elastic mitigation. Depending on the type of attack, the Big Mon Controller activates SDN fabric and compute resources for attack mitigation, reconfigures the service chain to redirect traffic to mitigation infrastructure, and load-balances traffic across a cluster of Big Mon service nodes and NFV tool farm for scale-out performance. The combination of SDN fabric, Big Mon service nodes and NFV tool farm performs Layer-7 scans of network traffic and blocks those packets/flows that contain attack signatures.

The company is also extending Pervasive Visibility use cases for cloud-native application traffic, which includes dynamic monitoring of VM, Containers and Public Cloud environments.

"Our mission is to provide next-generation data center networking solutions so that our customers can experience the true benefits of a software-defined data center," said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. "With our introduction of BigSecure Architecture and cloud-native application monitoring, we are arming customers with next-generation data center security and visibility solutions they need to defend their networks and monitor their cloud-based applications."

http://bigswitch.com/sdn-products/sdn-products/big-monitoring-fabric/overview


  • In January of 2016, Big Switch announced $48.5M in Series C funding, which included participation from existing and new investors and brings the company's total funding to $94M. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Big Switch Rolls Out Big Enhancements for SDN

Big Switch Networks rolled out significant updates to its SDN-based Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric solutions. The enhancements target use cases in security monitoring, network function virtualization (NFV) and IP storage, as well as support for the latest open networking switches.

Big Monitoring Fabric (BMF) is a next-generation network packet broker (NPB) that leverages SDN principles, Open Networking switches and an x86-based DPDK service node to provide feature-rich, scale-out data center monitoring.  New capabilities in Big Monitoring Fabric include advanced feature additions to the Big Switch DPDK service node and enhanced network services for out-of-band network monitoring to achieve pervasive network visibility and security. Big Cloud Fabric updates include deeper integration with VMware vSphere, and support for Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, with a recently completed 300 node scale benchmark validation test with Dell & Red Hat. Big Switch is also announcing support for the latest open networking switches based on Broadcom Trident-II+ and Tomahawk ASICs, including copper 10G (10GbT) and higher-density 64x40G to double the scale of both SDN fabric solutions.

Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) is a leaf/spine SDN fabric promising hyper-scale agility, economics and operational simplicity for OpenStack Platform clouds or VMware virtualization environments. Updates to Big Cloud Fabric include:

  • NFV Everywhere -- To expand NFV deployments beyond the data center to Central Offices, smaller POPs and remote locations via NEBS support, a new VM controller option and stretched-fabric deployments
  • Enhanced VMware vCenter GUI Plug-in -- To deliver physical network automation, visibility and now troubleshooting directly from vCenter to simplify provisioning and operations for the cloud/virtualization admin.
  • Support for Software-Defined Storage -- In addition to traditional IP storage, now supports production deployments with Red Hat Ceph
  • Inter-Pod/Inter-DC L2 Extension -- Enables tenant services and application mobility across pods and data centers leveraging VXLAN (beta support)
  • Expanded SDN Security -- Crypto security for SDN control-plane (CPSec) now includes controller-to-vSwitch and controller-to-controller traffic as well as controller-to-pSwitch previously supported
  • Container Networking Demonstration -- Plug-in for Kubernetes container orchestration to demonstrate network automation, visibility and troubleshooting in Docker container environment

Expanded Support for Open Networking Hardware -- Both Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric to support latest Broadcom Trident-II+ and Tomahawk based Open Networking switches from Dell and Edgecore Networks, including:

  • 64x40G: Dell's S6100 high-density Broadcom Tomahawk-based platform to double 40G fabric scale for both Big Cloud Fabric and Big Monitoring Fabric
  • 10GbT: Copper 10G platform (48x10GbT + 6x40G) based on Broadcom Trident-II+ for cost-optimized deployments
  • 32x40G and 48x10G + 6x40G: fiber 10G and 40G platforms based on Broadcom Trident-II+
  • These platforms are available for beta trials in Q3 2016.


http://www.bigswitch.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Verizon Deploys OpenStack NFV in 5 Data Centers

Verizon has completed a Network Function Virtualization OpenStack cloud deployment across five of its U.S. data centers.

Verizon said its NFV project, which began in 2015, created a production design based on a core and pod architecture that provides hyperscale capabilities. The project is based on OpenStack with Red Hat Ceph Storage and a spine-leaf fabric for each pod controlled through a Neutron plugin to Red Hat OpenStack Platform. The multi-vendor deployment leverages Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric for SDN controller software managing Dell switches, which are orchestrated by Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

Verizon said the OpenStack pod-based design that went from concept to deployment of more than 50 racks in five production data centers in less than nine months. Rollouts are currently in progress in additional domestic data center and aggregation sites, with international locations to be deployed over the next several months. The design also will be adopted in edge network sites by the end of the year.

Architecturally, the large scale NFV deployment had five key needs, which were identified early in the project:
  • Resiliency at Scale - The design followed a hyperscale-inspired “core and pod” approach with a 12-rack pod design replicated at data centers across the United States.
  • No Bandwidth Bottlenecks - A modern leaf-spine Clos design, using centralized SDN control designed to take the network from spine to leaf to vSwitch and avoid bandwidth bottlenecks.
  • Logical Network Design Flexibility - The pod design accommodates unique NFV workloads with unique logical network requirements that share the same physical leaf/spine fabric and vSwitches.
  • Reduced Operational Complexity - Operational complexity is reduced through a simplified lifecycle management of the network control systems relative to the OpenStack control systems.
  • Integrated Security and Visibility - The NFV Pod is designed to be compliant and secure against intrusions and other threats, monitoring fabric was used to monitor intra-pod traffic and inline traffic.

“Building on our history of innovation, this NFV project is another step in building Verizon’s next-generation network -- with implications for the industry. New and emerging applications are highlighting the need for collaborative research and development in technologies like NFV. We consider this achievement to be foundational for building the Verizon cloud that serves our customers’ needs anywhere, anytime, any app.”  Adam Koeppe, vice president, network technology planning, Verizon

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-launches-industry-leading-large-openstack-nfv-deployment

A 35 minute presentation from this week's OpenStack Summit in Austin is posted here: https://youtu.be/1aVB3QvEYcI



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Big Switch Secures $48.5 Million in Series C Funding

Big Switch Networks raised $48.5 million in a Series C funding round.

The company, which is based in Santa Clara, California, said it experienced more than 300% growth in 2015 with customers wins across the US, APAC and EMEA regions, and in verticals including tech, financial services, government, service providers, and higher education.  The company has two products and three use cases, which have played a critical part in its growth, including accelerated adoption with Enterprise and Carrier customers of both Big Monitoring Fabric, a next generation network monitoring fabric, as well as Big Cloud Fabric, the industry’s first data center fabric built using whitebox or britebox switches and SDN controller technology.

Big Switch also named former NetApp CEO, Dan Warmenhoven, as well as seasoned venture capitalist Gary Morgenthaler to its Board of Directors.

The new funding includes participation from both new and existing investors, including Morgenthaler Ventures, Silver Lake Waterman, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Accton, CID Group, MSD Capital, among others. This brings total funding to $94 million since the company was founded in 2010.

“I am pleased that our performance continues to earn the trust of our customers, partners, and investors, all of whom believe in our mission to disrupt the status quo of networking,” said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. “Dan Warmenhoven’s knowledge and operational experience scaling NetApp from hyper-growth startup through maturity will be invaluable as Big Switch continues to scale and as we introduce our core products to new customers in more markets around the world. I am also thrilled to have Gary Morgenthaler join the board to share his invaluable experience as one of Silicon Valley’s pre-eminent investors.”

http://www.bigswitch.com

Friday, October 9, 2015

Big Switch, Facebook and NTT Demo Open Network Linux

Big Switch Networks, Facebook and NTT have jointly demonstrated Open Network Linux, integrating key components of the Open Compute Project.

The demonstration and code repository showed pluggable forwarding agents including:

  • FBOSS (used by Facebook) built on Broadcom's OpenNSL Library
  • L3 Routing (used by NTT)
  • OpenFlow (used by Big Switch Networks)

Pluggable forwarding agents are seen as a key innovation in Open Network Linux.

Open Network Linux was originally contributed to OCP by Big Switch Networks, a Gold level member, in March 2014. Hardware compatibility has grown to include 15+ open switch hardware platforms used in hyperscale data centers, including Facebook's Wedge switch and Accton's Edgecore AS5712-54X and AS6712-32X switches, and Dell's 4048 and S6000 open networking switches.

"There is a rich set of switch software components now available as open source via the Open Compute Project's networking track, but the integration was such a challenge that they were really out of reach for most organizations. With Open Network Linux, this is no longer the case," said Rob Sherwood, Big Switch CTO and co-creator of Open Network Linux. "At the same time, I'm proud that this architecture strikes the right balance of shared code and pluggable agents. We are unifying disparate efforts in the hyperscale networking development community without locking anyone into any specific architecture."

"We're glad to see Big Switch Networks providing Open Network Linux on top of Wedge, as well as making it easier for companies to plug in OCP and open source packages like FBOSS," said Omar Baldonado, Manager of Networking at Facebook. "This development will encourage more organizations to try out the benefits of open source networking and disaggregated networking models."

http://www.bigswitch.com
http://opennetlinux.org

Facebook Shows its Yosemite Open Source Modular


At the Open Compute Summit in San Jose, Facebook introduced its "Yosemite" open source, modular chassis for high-powered microservers. Key design elements to the system: A server-class SoC with multiple memory channels, which provides high-performance computing in 65W TDP for SoC and 90W for the whole server card. A standard SoC card interface to provide a CPU-agnostic system interface. A platform-agnostic system management solution to manage...

Facebook Releases FBOSS Open Switching System


Facebook released its open switching system (code-named “FBOSS”) on GitHub. The initial release consists primarily of the FBOSS agent, a daemon that runs on each switch and manages the hardware forwarding ASIC. It receives information via configuration files and thrift APIs and then programs the correct forwarding and routing entries into the chip. It also processes packets from the ASIC that are destined to the switch itself, such as control plane...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Big Switch Unveils Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 with Elastic Pricing

Big Switch Networks unveiled its Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 architecture based on SDN, inspired by hyperscale cloud networking deployments, and featuring an elastic pricing structure.

Big Switch's architecture features an external SDN controller, advanced fabric design and open networking (bare metal) hardware. The new Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 brings deeper integration for both VMware and OpenStack environments, providing organizations with greater networking automation, resiliency, and simplicity.

Specifically, Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 delivers a unified physical + virtual SDN fabric for deploying resilient OpenStack clouds. Big Switch's Switch Light software is deployed on open networking switches (Switch Light OS) as well as on virtualized KVM servers (Switch Light VX). Its OpenStack Neutron plugin for L2/L3 networking provides resiliency necessary for production-grade OpenStack deployments. The Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 Controller acts as the single pane of glass for provisioning, troubleshooting, visibility and analytics of the entire physical and virtual network environment. This accelerates application deployment, simplifies operational workflows and provides immediate root-cause analysis when application performance issues arise.

Big Switch is offering several starter kits, pre-configured with switch hardware, cables, support and Big Cloud Fabric software for OpenStack, starting at $49k.


In addition, Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 deepens its integration across multiple VMware products in support of the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). This includes natively supporting advanced network automation and deep visibility for vSphere environments, now including vSphere 6; as well as support for VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO).

Big Monitoring Fabric (formerly Big Tap) is a next-generation network packet broker (NPB) that leverages SDN principles and Open Networking switches to provide scale-out data center monitoring at 30% of the cost of traditional NPBs. Popular customer use cases for Big Monitoring Fabric include: Pervasive monitoring, remote monitoring, mobile/LTE monitoring & DMZ / Inline security. Innovations include support for scale-out and low cost monitoring services such as de-duplication and packet modification with an x86 service node, with the Big Monitoring Fabric controller acting as the single pane of glass for both monitoring fabric and service nodes for simplified operational experience.

Big Switch is also introducing a hyperscale-inspired elastic pricing model to provide customers with flexibility, reduced cost and a pay-per-use consumption model for Hardware, Software and support. For the same CapEx amount used to purchase the SDN fabric -- physical switches, software and support -- customers can elect to receive twice the capacity with an "Elastic SDN Fabric" at no additional cost. For example, for the price of a 4 rack configuration, Big Switch would ship 8 racks of SDN fabric. The excess capacity of Elastic SDN Fabric is consumed on an as-utilized basis at $599/switch/month.

http://www.bigswitch.com/


  • Big Switch recently announced global expansion and year-over-year growth of 365%. The company now has customer wins across the US, APAC and EMEA regions, in verticals that include financial services, government, telecom service providers, tech and higher education. Customers include the U.S. Federal Government, Intuit, Clemson University, CleanSafeCloud, and U2 Cloud, a cloud service provider (CSP), 5 of the top 10 telcos in the world, a leading global credit card company, multiple global financial services firms, media companies, and a leading virtualization provider.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Big Switch' Big Tap Monitoring Fabric 4.5 Aims for Security and Visibility

Big Switch Networks released the latest version (4.5) of its Big Tap Monitoring Fabric 4.5, delivering new security monitoring and visibility features, including inline/out-of-band deployment, flow-level granularity, and advanced analytics.

Big Tap is a 1G/10G/40G network visibility fabric that leverages software defined networking (SDN) principles and high-performance ODM or Dell Open Networking switches to provide scalable data center wide monitoring.

“With the release of Big Tap 4.5, we add the ability to interoperate with more partner products, giving the end user comprehensive monitoring and security capabilities they desire, all while providing huge CapEx and OpEx reductions,” said Prashant Gandhi, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at Big Switch. “With Big Tap’s high-value SDN software powering open, high-performance Ethernet switches, customers can now combat cyber threats in a pervasive manner while future-proofing their monitoring infrastructure for scale and programmability.”

Key features of Big Tap 4.5:

  • In-line deployment mode, in addition to out-of-band (enablement of DMZ deployment)
  • Service chaining with in-line mode (allows multiple security tools to be processed in a chain, as specified by user-defined policy)
  • sFlow generation (centrally configured flow generation on monitoring fabric)
  • Enhanced visibility for security (DNS tracking, DHCP tracking)
  • Header stripping for MPLS (support service provider WAN monitoring)
  • Configurable hash setting for granular load balancing of tools (allows tool elasticity)

http://www.bigswitch.com/

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Big Switch and A10 Link SDN Fabric and ADC

Big Switch Networks and A10 Networks are collaborating on application-aware solutions for data centers, enabling the A10 ADC Application Delivery Controllers to be deployed with Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric (BCF).

The joint solution leverages Big Switch's SDN-powered Big Cloud Fabric with the A10 Thunder ADC to achieve operational simplicity, resilience, and agility for large-scale applications.

In addition, the A10 Networks Thunder TPS Threat Protection System can be leveraged with Big Tap Monitoring Fabric for efficient and scalable Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack detection across the entire data center.

“We worked closely with A10 to seamlessly integrate with their Thunder Application Delivery Controller and Thunder Threat Protection System,” said Prashant Gandhi, VP Product Management and Strategy at Big Switch.

“The combined solution of the A10 Thunder ADC and Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric provides the agility and scalability needed to meet the demanding needs of today’s applications, cost-effectively,” said Paul Nicholson, Director of Product Marketing at A10 Networks. “We’ve optimized the solution to enable quick deployment of new applications and manage existing applications. We are delivering automated and scalable infrastructure, consistent on-demand services in a shared, multi-tenant environment.”

http://www.bigswitch.com/
http://www.a10networks.com/

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Big Switch Achieves Red Hat Certification

Big Switch Networks' flagship Big Cloud Fabric has achieved certification with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5.

The certification enables customers to replace complex and costly legacy box-by-box networking with SDN fabric. The Big Cloud Fabric plug-in for OpenStack Neutron provides dynamic creation of network segments on the physical leaf/spine SDN fabric. Additional support for OpenStack Nova networking provides increased flexibility to customers. To speed up diagnostics, online fabric connectivity testing is exposed directly into OpenStack Horizon GUI, so each tenant can verify workload connectivity without involving a cloud operations team. Such self-service diagnostic tools, enabled through Big Cloud Fabric's native REST APIs, further reduce the customer's operational expenses.

http://bigswitch.com/press-releases/2014/12/16/big-switch-networks-big-cloud-fabric-achieves-red-hat-certification-for


  • In July 2014, Big Switch Networks unveiled its new flagship product -- Big Cloud Fabric, a switching fabric designed for hyperscale data centers powered by SDN software and bare metal switch hardware.  The Big Cloud Fabric leverages the company’s Switch Light Operating System on physical leaf and spine bare metal switch hardware.  It supports the latest Trident II silicon from Broadcom and is designed for 10G and 40G scale and resiliency, featuring headless mode high availability, zero-touch provisioning, L2/3 forwarding options, application-centric policy and service chaining. Management is available via OpenStack, Cloudstack, REST, CLI, or GUI.

Friday, October 3, 2014

VMware Hires Big Switch's Guido Appenzeller and Cisco's Dominick Delfino.

Guido Appenzeller, co-Founder of Big Switch Networks and CEO from 2010-2013, is headed to VMware, where he is expected to help direct the company's networking strategy. Previously, Appenzeller was an entrepreneur in residence at Morgenthaler and Consulting Professor at Stanford University.

VMware also recently hired Dominick Delfino as Vice President, WW Systems Engineering.  Previously, he was VP of Systems Engineering at Cisco and Senior Director of its Global Data Center & Virtualization Systems Engineering & Technology Strategy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Big Switch Takes Aim at Hyperscale Data Centers with Big Cloud Fabric

Big Switch Networks unveiled its new flagship product -- Big Cloud Fabric, a switching fabric designed for hyperscale data centers powered by SDN software and bare metal switch hardware.

The Big Cloud Fabric leverages the company’s Switch Light Operating System on physical leaf and spine bare metal switch hardware.  It supports the latest Trident II silicon from Broadcom and is designed for 10G and 40G scale and resiliency, featuring headless mode high availability, zero-touch provisioning, L2/3 forwarding options, application-centric policy and service chaining. Management is available via OpenStack, Cloudstack, REST, CLI, or GUI.

Big Switch said fabric is designed for new pods in existing data centers supporting private cloud, big data, and VDI projects. Stated advantages include:
  1. a modern application/tenant centric configuration,
  2. a massive reduction in management consoles required for day-to-day management,
  3. integrated workflows for networking/security/audit teams (starting with OpenStack), and
  4. CapEx savings.
Big Cloud Fabric is available in two editions:
  •  P-Clos Edition: a physical leaf and spine fabric targeting a broad range of data center environments, including KVM/OVS, ESX, Hyper-V, Bare Metal, or a mix. 
  • Unified P+V Clos Edition: a physical + virtual fabric where leaf, spine and vSwitches are controlled by the Big Cloud Fabric Controller.


Big Cloud Fabric will ship later this quarter.

In addition to the introduction of Big Cloud Fabric, the company is releasing Big Tap 4.0 and expanding its partner ecosystem. Big Tap 4.0 supports a new use case – tapping distributed, remote data centers – to complement recent wins in scale-out, “tap every rack” designs. The release has an increasingly rich filtering feature set including deeper packet matching, applicable for tunneled packets such as those found in mobile protocols and VXLAN.

Big Switch also announced that it now has it first million dollar customer, and its largest production deployment now spans 16 data centers.

http://www.bigswitch.com/

In April 2014, Dell announced a reseller agreement with Big Switch Networks targeting next-generation SDN fabric monitoring. Specifically, Dell will offer Big Switch Networks’ Switch Light OS on Dell Networking’s Ethernet switching portfolio, starting with the S4810 and S6000 series. Dell will also offer Big Switch Networks’ production-ready SDN controller applications starting with the Big Tap Monitoring – an innovative new SDN-based network monitoring solution unlocking hidden customer value and helping solve an age-old, costly networking challenge.

Dell said the deal extends its vision of a new, disaggregated model for networking hardware and software. The Big Switch Big Tap Monitoring provides an SDN-enabled fabric monitoring solution that empowers tapping network traffic everywhere and delivering it to security and other appliances to:
expand choice and capabilities for customers looking for best-of-breed Ethernet switch hardware, OS and SDN apps;
enable a range of next-generation SDN solutions; and
realize operational simplification for management, control and policies.

From January 2014:

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dell Taps Big Switch for SDN-Enabled Fabric Monitoring

Dell announced a reseller agreement with Big Switch Networks targeting next-generation SDN fabric monitoring.

Specifically, Dell will offer Big Switch Networks’ Switch Light OS on Dell Networking’s Ethernet switching portfolio, starting with the S4810 and S6000 series. Dell will also offer Big Switch Networks’ production-ready SDN controller applications starting with the Big Tap Monitoring – an innovative new SDN-based network monitoring solution unlocking hidden customer value and helping solve an age-old, costly networking challenge.

Dell said the deal extends its vision of a new, disaggregated model for networking hardware and software. The Big Switch Big Tap Monitoring provides an SDN-enabled fabric monitoring solution that empowers tapping network traffic everywhere and delivering it to security and other appliances to:
expand choice and capabilities for customers looking for best-of-breed Ethernet switch hardware, OS and SDN apps;
enable a range of next-generation SDN solutions; and
realize operational simplification for management, control and policies.

“Dell’s push into open networking, and this announcement with Big Switch and other vendors, are great examples of original thinking and innovation coming from the new Dell, “said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking. “We’re seeing tremendous initial customer interest, especially among certain verticals such as large financials, Web 2.0 and mobile service providers. It’s drawing Dell Networking into additional business discussions where many customers may not have considered Dell before.”

“The early adopters of SDN were largely the hyper scale players. But with the advent of initiatives such as Open Networking from Dell, the path for all enterprises to enjoy the benefits of SDN is getting easier,” said Douglas Murray, CEO of Big Switch Networks. “The joint solutions coming from the Dell and Big Switch partnership will bring hyperscale data center design and choice to a broader audience.”

http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/secure/2014-04-24-dell-sdn-network-monitoring-big-switch
http://bigswitch.com/bigswitch-dell-partnership-announcement

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Next Steps for Big Switch and SDN



Doug Murray, Big Switch's new CEO, explains why he joined the company, its strategic direction, the importance of partnerships, the current status of SDN in the market, the open networking initative, and the balance of hardware vs. software for the industry going forward.




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Big Switch Poaches Cisco Exec to Lead Engineering

Big Switch Networks named Jeffrey Wang as Vice President of Engineering, a position where he will lead development of the company's pipeline of SDN Fabric solutions, including its Unified Physical + Virtual (P+V) Cloud Switching Fabric and its SDN Monitoring Fabric.

Wang was most recently Vice President of Engineering in Cisco's Data Center Group with responsibilities ranging from Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) software to hypervisor switching and I/O technologies such as the Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) and the Nexus 1000v vSwitch. Earlier in his career, he managed the software development team of the Cisco Catalyst 6500, the most widely used data center switch in the industry, and drove the popular Virtual Switching System (VSS).

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  • Last month, Big Switch Networks named Douglas Murray as its new CEO, replacing company co-founder Guido Appenzeller, who will continue with the company as Chief Technology Officer and board member. Murray comes to Big Switch from Juniper Networks, where he most recently served as senior vice president of Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, and before that as senior vice president and GM of the data center security business. Prior to joining Juniper, Murray was the General Manager of the Volume Products Group at Extreme Networks.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Big Switch Names Douglas Murray as New CEO

Big Switch Networks named Douglas Murray as its new CEO, replacing company co-founder Guido Appenzeller, who will continue with the company as Chief Technology Officer and board member.

Murray comes to Big Switch from Juniper Networks, where he most recently served as senior vice president of Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, and before that as senior vice president and GM of the data center security business. Prior to joining Juniper, Murray was the General Manager of the Volume Products Group at Extreme Networks.

"With Doug, we have found the right CEO to take Big Switch to the next level," said Big Switch Networks co-founder Guido Appenzeller. "His breadth of data center expertise led him to resonate with our goals for SDN, and his go-to-market experience is just what the company needs in this next phase of growth. His recent Asia experience has given him a front row seat to the most highly evolved market for SDN, and we could not be more thrilled with our choice. We are confident he is the right person to lead us forward."

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Big Switch and F5 Team on Cloud Application Delivery Networking Services


Big Switch Networks is collaborating with F5 to automate the configuration of Application Delivery Networking services in private clouds.

The solution leverages the F5 BIG-IQ Cloud REST API to integrate the Big Virtual Switch network virtualization application, BIG-IP Application Delivery Networking (ADN) services and OpenStack into a flexible and unified cloud orchestration framework.


Big Virtual Switch dynamically provisions virtual network segments, or slices of the network, for applications and workloads and enables automation.  The companies said that by combining BIG-IP application delivery resources with network segments automatically, network administrators no longer have to manually define and deploy compute resources and network connections individually.

"Inserting ADN services, and doing so automatically, is very important in virtualized network and SDN environments, and can only be achieved with a truly programmable system," said Mansour Karam, Big Switch Networks vice president of business development and strategic alliances. "Big Virtual Switch and BIG-IQ from F5 are both prime examples of programmable systems, and we are enthusiastic about working together to deliver a network automation solution."

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http://www.f5networks.com

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