SDN Blog

It is truly exciting to witness rapid adoption of our SDN fabric solutions – Big Cloud Fabric and Big Monitoring Fabric – by mainstream data centers for production use.  These SDN fabric solutions are inspired by hyperscale networking designs, such as Google’s Project Jupiter, with three key principles: open networking hardware, SDN control plane and leaf/spine (Clos) fabric.  More... Read more

Guest Post - U2 Cloud As a cloud service provider, at U2 Cloud we are focused on leveraging cutting edge technology that enables us to deliver cutting edge solutions to consumers and businesses alike. As we built out our newest offering – the WaaS (Workspace-as-a-Service) environment – we wanted to offer a powerful and secure provisioning platform that easily allowed for user creation and... Read more

Everywhere you look, there are technologies and products intending to transform networking.  That’s because networking has remained a box-by-box architecture for more than 25 years – stable and proven, but complex, proprietary and expensive.  But modern forces of open hardware and disaggregated software together are driving an irreversible transformation in the datacenter today. &nbs... Read more

A flurry of articles went out today on security concerns in open networking and the ONIE ( open source project, sparked in anticipation of Gregory Pickett’s upcoming talk at Black Hat: “Staying Persistent in Software Defined Networks.”  As active members of the security community, we’ve worked with Greg in the past (see his talk last year), so he was kind enough t... Read more

In June, Arista’s Cloudvision announcement kicked up another small wave of speculation in my inbox as they joined Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric and Cisco’s ACI products on the landscape of controller-based underlay networks.Relative to the first Arista blog posts referencing the product in 2011, the emails titled “why now?” got my attention when the Cloudvision news happened.  Based... Read more

[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 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 small te... 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