SDN Blog

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

It’s been a fascinating few weeks for open networking.  Working backwards in time: Yesterday, Juniper Networks has announced that they are moving in to the Brite Box (BRanded whITE box) space with their OCX1100 Tuesday, a group of 100+ developers lead by Microsoft and Dell held an Open Compute workshop on a ASIC-independent Switch Abstraction Interface Just before Thanksgivin... Read more

This is an exciting time to be in networking. The teams that have led network innovation for the last half decade have been hyperscale data center architects, not the traditional networking vendors, and their innovations are increasingly open to the broader community. Following sneak peeks of Google’s Andromeda (P+V) fabric and Microsoft’s Demon monitoring fabric, the Facebook team shared a g... Read more

As networking continues to evolve and drive versatility, we can look back and learn from similar changes that ensued in the mainframe industry.  The past provides insight into how networking will likely transform – just as the mainframes transitioned to the disaggregated x86 server model.  Mainframes were tightly coupled with proprietary processors and operating systems, which resulted... Read more

We are excited to announce our expanded partnership with Riverbed to bring application awareness to SDN fabrics.  Both companies are focused on software innovations, leveraging standards-based open hardware, to deliver joint data center solutions.  Big Switch is also joining Riverbed-Ready Technology Alliance Program to drive joint go-to-market activities – to accelerate consumption of... Read more

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