Company Mission

Every time you search on Google, friend on Facebook or start a VM on Amazon, you are using the world’s most cost-efficient and most automated data center networks. Our mission is to bring hyperscale networking to Enterprises, Cloud Providers and Service Providers.

Enterprise IT can realize the true benefits of hyperscale-inspired networking solutions with Big Switch Networks® - reduce costs, improve productivity, provide pervasive security, and deliver even greater scale with dramatically improved TCO.  We do this by delivering fit-for-purpose SDN solutions based on hyperscale networking technologies.


Company Background

Big Switch Networks was founded in 2010.  With roots in the original Stanford research team that invented Software Defined Networking (SDN), the company is widely considered one of the original SDN pioneers and has one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of enabling technologies for SDN.

Starting in 2013, the company began packaging technology components into bare metal SDN fabric solutions, bringing together the advanced feature sets enabled by SDN software with the industry-leading price points provided by bare metal switches.  While switching and routing is one area of focus, these core technologies are currently being applied in several key networking markets.


Product Portfolio

Big Switch Networks is at the forefront of the next generation of networking technologies.  By combining commodity switch hardware (“white box / brite box”) with sophisticated SDN control software, the company is delivering modern networking fabrics for the world’s most advanced global datacenters looking to achieve high degrees of network automation at cloud-competitive price points.

Big Switch Networks products package technology components into fabric solutions, bringing Software Defined Networks advanced feature sets to you at uber competitive price points with new business models.  We are working furiously to apply these core technologies to many key networking markets - starting with data center and monitoring networks.

The Big Cloud™ Fabric

Leaf-Spine Clos Fabric for VMware and OpenStack Data Centers.

Take the Big Switch Networks SDN Challenge - Automate your VMware or OpenStack Networks with 16x faster configuration and upgrades, 4x faster application deployment and issue resolution and troubleshooting.

The Big Monitoring™ Fabric

Simple, Scalable & Economical Monitoring for Pervasive Security.

Big Monitoring Fabric is a specialized, ultra-low cost visibility fabric for your entire network - selectively delivering  traffic to multiple security, monitoring, performance measurement and compliance tools—both Inline and Out-of-Band.


Underlying Technologies

To bring complete solutions to market, Big Switch Networks bare metal SDN fabrics leverage the company's Switch Light™ technology in the data plane, sharing the same codebase and operational model across a range of physical hardware platforms and hypervisors. In conjunction with a centralized SDN controller, Switch Light enables dramatic reductions in the cost of your network operations and eliminates time-consuming, manual procedures by enabling central provisioning, automation and troubleshooting.

The Switch Light OS is a bare metal switch OS purpose built for SDN, while the Switch Light VX is a high performance SDN vSwitch for Unified P+V solutions


Open Philosophy

Since inception, Big Switch Networks has been an active member of a number of open source communities and contributor to numerous projects. Core to the company's engineering philosophy is a component-based approach, where open source and commercial modules exist side-by-side. When combined with strong ethos of engineering design, this leads to a higher quality product experience in the near term, faster innovation in the mid term and more customer choice in the long term.

We are currently active members of three open source communities:

  • OpenStack: The company has participated both as a downstream user of OpenStack, a commercial entity in the OpenStack product ecosystem and as a significant upstream contributor.
  • The Open Compute Project: Big Switch Networks co-sponsored the contribution of ONIE (Open Network Install Environment), and most recently led the contribution of Open Network Linux.
  • The Open Networking Foundation: Big Switch Networks employees have chaired multiple working groups, including the Architecture Working Group and the Technical Advisory Group.

In addition to contributions as a member in large community work, the company has actively contributed to its own open source projects; Project Floodlight® and Project Indigo. To learn more about our Open Philosophy, please visit

Vinod Khosla Founder
Khosla Ventures