Today is a big day for Big Switch!

We just announced our flagship product, Big Cloud Fabric, is orderable now and will ship later this quarter. With this announcement, the company is taking another step in the company’s commitment to bring hyperscale networking technologies to a broader audience.

In addition to the introduction of Big Cloud Fabric, we are releasing Big Tap 4.0 and expanding our partner ecosystem. The announcement comes as we are seeing adoption accelerate – the company now has it first million dollar customer, and its largest production deployment now spans 16 data centers. Current customers span three continents and numerous verticals, including financial services, high tech, service provider, retail, government, and higher education.   


Big Cloud Fabric

Building on the success of the Big Tap monitoring fabric, Big Cloud Fabric is the next logical step for network architects embracing hyperscale design. It is the industry’s first and only data center switching fabric that combines the operational advantages of SDN software with the economics of bare metal switch hardware. The product is designed for new pods in existing data centers and has been in beta with ten customers to date as a part of private cloud, big data, and VDI projects.

A data center pod built with the Big Cloud Fabric showcases:

  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. Industry-leading CapEx savings.

Like Big Tap, Big Cloud Fabric leverages the company’s Switch Light Operating System on physical leaf and spine bare metal switch hardware and supports the latest Trident II silicon from Broadcom. It 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. More details on the product are available here.

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 Tap Monitoring Fabric 4.0

Today we are also releasing Big Tap 4.0 this quarter, the next major release of this award-winning platform. Release 4.0 expands the addressable market with 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. It also provides additional compatible hardware choices, including Dell open networking hardware as well as Accton/Edge-Core based Trident II switches. Big Tap 4.0 is available to order today. Details available here.


Partner Momentum

Last on the list of announcements for today, we are also making public a number of the partnerships we have been working on over the last year. Our growing product portfolio and market momentum has attracted an ecosystem of partners spanning L4-L7 services, orchestration, big data, VDI, network/security monitoring, and application performance management. The company is announcing or expanding deeper partnerships with partners including A10 Networks, Accton Technology, Blue Coat, BlueData, Broadcom, Canonical, Check Point, Citrix, Dell, Edge-Core, FireEye, Fortinet, Garland Technology, Hillstone Networks, Hortonworks, Infoblox, In-Q-Tel, iwNetworks, Microsoft, Mirantis, Nexenta, Quanta Computer, Red Hat, Riverbed, and Telchemy. Details available here.



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