Big Switch Networks is the leader in open source Software-Defined Networking (SDN) products, delivering unmatched network agility, choice in networking hardware, and optimized network operations. The company’s Open SDN™ platform offers an OpenFlow switch fabric that can run on bare metal switches and hypervisor virtual switches, and enables a wide variety of SDN network applications including data center network virtualization and network monitoring.
The networking industry has been stuck in the “mainframe era” with vertically integrated hardware and software systems that are built upon proprietary architectures that are substantially the same as they were 25 years ago. The shift towards Software-Defined Networking represents the most transformative architectural trend in nearly 20 years. Open SDN unlocks all new value for you with an open architecture based upon industry standards, and enabling for the first time ever in networking, the use of “bare metal switches.”
Software Defined Networking delivers compelling new value in three critical areas:
• Unmatched Network Agility - programmability and automation provide dramatic improvements in service agility and provisioning time
• Choice in Networking Hardware - standards-based OpenFlow switches provide choice in networking hardware for the first time ever
• Optimized Network Operations - automation of network provisioning tasks and integration with data center resource orchestration platforms drives dramatic reduction in network operation tasks and requirements
As the leader in Open SDN and standards-based networking architectures, Big Switch Networks has the broadest array of open source and commercial SDN products available. The company launched Project Floodlight in January 2012, which has rapidly become the world’s most popular and broadly used open source SDN controller platform for developers and users trialing new SDN constructs. In Q4 2012, Big Switch Networks launched general availability of the Open SDN Suite, including Big Virtual Switch – a network virtualization application that automates network provisioning and dramatically reduces network operating costs; and, Big Tap – a unified network monitoring application that optimizes the utility of security tools, performance monitoring tools and network packet brokers. In Q1 2013, Big Switch launched Switch Light, an open source thin switching platform for merchant silicon-based bare metal switches and hypervisor-based virtual switches.