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Big Switch Networks

Delivers Unified Physical & Virtual SDN for Resilient OpenStack, Fabric Automation for VMware, Next-Generation Network Packet Broker Service Node & 100G for Monitoring

SANTA CLARA, CA–(Marketwired – Aug 18, 2015) – Big Switch Networks®, the leader in bringing hyperscale-inspired networking architecture to data centers worldwide, today announces significant advancements to its SDN fabric products and introduces industry’s first hyperscale-inspired elastic pricing structure. Please join a live launch webinar Wednesday, August 19th at 9am PT to learn more.

Hyperscale Networking For All – Chapter 2
The latest developments come just one year after Big Switch introduced its vision to make hyperscale-style networking accessible to all organizations. Through an external SDN controller, advanced fabric design and open networking (bare metal) hardware, Big Switch’s SDN solutions accelerate network transformations in mainstream enterprise and carrier data centers. Organizations can now deploy next-generation networks that deliver the benefits of centralized management, network automation and reduced CapEx with open networking switch economics.

ACG Research recently completed an economic analysis comparing the deployment of Big Cloud Fabric to the most commonly encountered alternative found in data center networking as the present mode of operation. The CapEx and OpEx benefits of a next generation SDN fabric are immediate and ongoing. Big Cloud Fabric accelerates new application deployment by 75%, is 12x more efficient in diagnosing and troubleshooting network issues, and lowers overall cost of operations — both CapEx and OpEx — by over 50%*.

“Big Switch is committed to disrupting the status quo of box by box networking, both architecturally and commercially,” said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. “We have spent the past year executing against this vision and today’s announcement(s) represent the next steps in this journey.”

Big Cloud Fabric™ is the industry’s first SDN fabric to support open networking switches and deliver hyperscale-inspired innovation to SDN software. Advances in Big Cloud Fabric include deeper integration for both VMware and OpenStack environments which provide organizations with greater networking automation, resiliency, and simplicity.

Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 delivers the industry’s first 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. Learn more by visiting here.

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.

Big Monitoring Fabric 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
  • Support high density 100G switch at commodity economics to meet the massive bandwidth demands for monitoring carrier and cloud data centers

Big Switch first brought hyperscale networking architecture to customers, and introduces 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.

Big Switch’s Elastic SDN Pricing model is an industry first and enables customers to spend CapEx for average utilization while enabling their future growth or temporary additional capacity on demand. Initially, Big Switch is offering Elastic SDN Pricing for Big Cloud Fabric in Small, Medium and Large configurations. The current Big Cloud Fabric pricing model and starter kits remain intact for standard configurations.

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 global software and cloud provider, 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.

In Q2 2015, Big Switch expanded its global footprint, by announcing new distribution partnerships with Mayflex (UK), Actar (Brazil), NewGen (Australia), and Layer 8 Solutions (Canada) to help meet the increasing demand for mature, automated networking.

The company achieved several milestones in 1H 2015, demonstrating significant growth and accelerating customer adoption of its next-generation networking solutions:

  • 40% QoQ growth for the 6th consecutive quarter
  • 365% YoY growth
  • Multiple $1MM or greater deals
  • Named a Gartner 2015 Cool Vendor, Enterprise Networking & first mention in Gartner Magic Quadrant, Data Center Networking, May 2015
  • Best of InterOp Finalist, SDN Category

Big Switch has achieved significant momentum by focusing on providing differentiated SDN solutions that solve real-world challenges to network operators in VMware, OpenStack and network monitoring use cases. Key to this success has been our collaboration with VMware to bring open networking, network agility, automation and visibility to VMware environments.

Our partnership with Dell continues to deepen as we see increased interest and enterprise adoption of our next generation SDN solution on Dell open networking switches.

Partnerships with industry leaders Mirantis and Red Hat have produced innovation and resiliency for networking solutions for OpenStack deployments.

Big Switch is also partnering with SS8, Inc. to enable powerful and cost-effective communications analytics solutions through Big Monitoring Fabric interoperating with SS8’s Communications Insight Platform. Through Big Switch scalable SDN fabrics, SS8 communications analytics are able to adapt and scale to the needs of enterprises and service providers dynamically and cost effectively.

Today, Big Switch is delivering unique solutions for data center networking and will continue to bring innovation to enterprise networking in the future. There are many significant challenges ahead that Big Switch’s SDN fabric architecture is poised to solve, including Docker container networking, multi-data center, and IoT. To see a technology demonstration of Big Cloud Fabric supporting Docker containers, visit here.

Big Switch will participate in Networking Field Day 10 on Aug. 19th at 12:30 pm PT. Presentation will include a live Q&A and solution demonstrations. Watch the livestream: http://techfieldday.com/event/nfd10/ and follow on social via #NFD10.

About Big Switch Networks:Big Switch Networks is the market leader in bringing hyperscale data center networking technologies to a mainstream data center audience. The company is taking three key hyperscale technologies — OEM/ODM bare metal and open Ethernet switch hardware, sophisticated SDN control software, and core-and-pod data center designs — and leveraging them in fit-for-purpose products designed for use in enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers. The company’s Big Monitoring Fabric is a feature-rich solution to monitor existing networks, and Big Cloud Fabric is the industry’s most advanced open networking switching fabric intended for new data center pods such as private cloud, big data, and VDI. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow @bigswitch, or visit www.bigswitch.com.

Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.

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