SDN Blog

[This blog post is based on excerpts from the detailed notes posted by the Big Switch team during the OpenStack Summit Vancouver 2015. For complete details, click here.]Another impressive OpenStack Summit has now concluded. The community works hard for months, excitement builds up for weeks and then, in what seems like a blink of the eye, another OpenStack Summit is in our rear view mirror. For Bi... Read more

Big Cloud Fabric™ – a modern Clos (leaf/spine) fabric leveraging SDN and open networking switches – has become a popular choice for deploying pods across OpenStack IaaS cloud, Big Data Analytics, or VDI. Customers are attracted to BCF for the following reasons: Logical network architecture allows faster app deployment SDN-based controller provides single pane of glass and zero-touch oper... Read more

We’re pretty excited here at Big Switch. We have just reached an important milestone with our online training camp at labs.bigswitch.com. The team has been watching the sign-up requests increase, and last week we crossed the 1,000 active users mark! Wow. For context, this is about as many CCIE certifications as were given in the US between 2007 and 2010. [new active user accounts] A sm... Read more

Big Tap Monitoring Fabric – a next-generation network packet broker (NPB) – has brought much excitement to the traffic monitoring community with an open, SDN-based architecture that provides scale-out monitoring, operational simplicity and ultra low cost. Big Tap also pioneered new use cases such as Monitor (Tap) Every Rack to enable data center wide east-west traffic monitoring consisting of ... Read more

This blog post by Jeff Doyle, Modern Networks Evangelist at Big Switch Networks, first appeared in Network World on April 14, 2015. How can Facebook's data center design apply to your data center plans? Over the past year, Facebook has thrown some interesting wrenches into the gears of the traditional networking industry. While mainstream thinking is to keep most details of you... Read more

We have been developing the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric with bare-metal switches and SDN software for over three years (in design partnership with a Fortune 100 customer) and the product has been in production deployment for over two years. Of the customers who need more than one NPB box and tried Big Tap, they all ended up deploying Big Tap. One such customer is Intuit, where Big Tap performed well... Read more

As open SDN fabrics (built with open networking switches) become popular for mainstream data center deployments, there is increasing demand for broader multi-vendor solutions that provide application-wide elasticity and data center-wide protection against continuous, sophisticated cyber attacks. A10 Networks and Big Switch are extending their partnership to address both these customer needs:The A1... Read more

The momentum behind the Open Networking movement and Open Compute (OCP) in particular is staggering.  This week, just in time for the Open Compute large annual summit in San Jose, an impressive collection of companies are coming together around Open Networking and announcing plans involving our Open Network Linux (http://opennetlinux.org) open source project.  In addition to trying to ca... Read more

Today, we announced Big Cloud Fabric 2.5 – a smarter and ultra-flexible release of our ready-to-deploy SDN Clos (leaf/spine) fabric for building data center pod networks. It was just last September that we unveiled Big Cloud Fabric – the industry’s only bare-metal SDN fabric – to bring hyperscale-style network design and its benefits to data centers worldwide.  And, over the past few ... Read more

It has been a remarkable 2014 at Big Switch. I am incredibly proud of the team and the great relationships formed with customers and partners around the world. Networking Today: It’s a New World What’s clear is that we are witnessing a tectonic shift in the market as evident in the efforts in Open Compute (OCP), Facebook’s announcement of Wedge and FBOSS, and of course Google Andromeda. In... Read more

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