Big Switch Networks was founded in 2010, with roots in the original Stanford research team that invented software-defined Networking (SDN), and the company is widely considered one of the original pioneers of SDN. In 2013 the company made available its first commercial product, Big Monitoring Fabric™ for network visibility and security and in 2014 the company released Big Cloud Fabric™, a hyperscale-inspired data center switching fabric. While data center switching and network monitoring is a primary area of focus, both solutions break down the silos in the data center with open APIs and programmable SDN fabrics, facilitating integration and automation that spans servers and storage to help customers around the world realize the benefits of a truly software-defined data center.
Big Switch’s mission is to disrupt the status quo of networking with order of magnitude improvements in network intelligence, agility, and flexibility by delivering Next-Generation Data Center Networking. We enable data center transformation and accelerate business velocity by delivering a responsive, automated, and programmable software-defined networking (SDN) fabric-based networking solution. Traditionally, the network has been viewed as the barrier to data center transformation as legacy networking architectures hinder IT organizations with brittle, complex and cumbersome switch-by-switch management paradigms and inflexible, proprietary hardware choices that are increasingly unable to keep up with the pace required of businesses today.
From its inception, innovation velocity has been a pillar of Big Switch Networks core principles, with the company consistently delivering differentiated solutions and features to meet the requirements of the most agile and innovative customers.
The data center is no longer infrastructure-centric, but rather a fast moving, fast growing distributed-application environment. By harnessing the power of software-defined networking technology and coupling it with industry standard hardware, Big Switch Networks advances business competitiveness with an agile, flexible, intelligent and secure solution so IT organizations can experience a true Next-Generation Data Center Network.
Big Switch Networks is at the forefront of the next-generation of networking technologies. By combining industry standard switch hardware (“white box / branded white box “brite box”) with intelligent SDN control software, the company is delivering next-generation data center networking fabrics for the world’s most advanced data centers looking to achieve unmatched degrees of network automation at cloud-competitive price points.
Big Switch Networks has two data center networking solutions: Big Cloud Fabric, a data center switching fabric for OpenStack clouds or VMware virtualization environments, and Big Monitoring Fabric, a network packet broker that enables pervasive security and security, monitoring data center traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments. Big Switch is taking three key technologies: vendor agnostic switch hardware, SDN control software, and core-and-pod data center designs –and leveraging them for use in next-generation data center switching and monitoring solutions designed for use in enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers.
All Big Switch solutions run on high-performance open networking switches from Accton or Dell Technologies and leverage centralized SDN controller software for fabric-wide control and management. Big Switch Networks has two solutions:
Next-Generation Data Center Switching
Big Cloud Fabric is the next generation data center switching fabric for rapid provisioning, troubleshooting, innovation, and simplified operations. A controller-driven leaf-spine architecture enables scale out pod deployments for physical and virtual workloads, OpenStack private cloud, VMware environments, container environments, Big Data, and VDI.
Next-generation Visibility and Security
Big Monitoring Fabric enables pervasive visibility and security of network workloads, selectively delivering them to multiple security, performance and compliance tools—both inline and out-of-band. Network owners can now see and secure every network, VM, container and cloud—and manage, automate, and analyze it all from a single pane interface.
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