In order to meet business’ demand for faster, flexible and more responsive infrastructure for applications, the concept of a Software-defined Data Center (SDDC) has become very appealing to CIOs.  VMware has been at the forefront of the SDDC vision, offering a complete SDDC solution with vSphere (server virtualization), NSX (network virtualization), Virtual SAN (Hyper-convergence / storage ... Read more

I started with Big Switch Networks as VP of Sales, Americas, about 30 days ago. I was drawn to the company for its new approach around networking; it couples open SDN fabrics with white-box or britebox hardware, which enables Big Switch to provide its customers with significant CapEx and ongoing OpEx savings. In sales, we’re driven by numbers. A new number I had never seen before was 9... Read more

The storage industry is in the middle of massive transformation and the move to hyper-convergence is a key example of that.  This architecture is rapidly gaining popularity as more workloads are placed on top of integrated server-storage systems. Gartner predicts almost 80% growth for this market, expecting it to reach $2B in 2016. Virtual SAN (VSAN), which is a hyper-convergence solution fro... Read more

Big Cloud Fabric – next–generation data center switching fabric built with SDN control software and open networking switches – is an ideal solution for variety of IP storage connectivity.  Specifically, Big Cloud Fabric supports both traditional and modern storage options, as shown in the figure below: Traditional IP Storage Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software-defined Storage (S... Read more

When we started the company back in 2010, the vision was to use SDN controllers along with physical and hypervisor virtual switches to build a range of new networking products that the world had never seen before.  Steve Jobs’ “Think Different” campaign was a mantra around our (very small) office at the time.   As I look back on the last few months, a few points make me particular... Read more

It is truly exciting time at Big Switch where our non-stop software innovations in next-generation data center switching and monitoring continue to generate multiple “wows” with Global 2000 enterprise and service provider customers.  Instead of traditional value proposition of price-performance, port density and proprietary vendor lock-in features, we at Big Switch have focused on deliver... Read more

How can operators identify rogue DHCP servers on the networkHaving a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server on a network that is not managed by an IT department can be a huge security concern, and can cause significant operational challenges for network admins. This blog will briefly cover what a rogue DHCP server is and some highly differentiated features of Big Monitoring Fabric (BMF)... Read more

The move from 1GE to 10GE servers started some years ago as server virtualization took hold and just about every IT outfit saw the value in server consolidation & server virtualization that brought significant cost reduction as well as operational efficiencies. The shift from 1GE to 10GE on the server side forced the shift deeper in the infrastructure from 10GE to 40GE as a result.  In da... Read more

Taking security to a next level with Big Cloud FabricAs attacks on corporate networks and data breaches have become more common, organizations are forced to rethink their IT security strategies. More than ever, it is understood that it is not if an attack will occur but when. As a result, modern infrastructure must be resilient and able to withstand any external or internal attacks. A secure... Read more

Modern data centers demand software-centric infrastructures across compute, network and storage for speed, simplicity, flexibility and economics.  A new class of hyperscale-inspired applications, such as HDFS, Cassandra, Storm, Spark, Jenkins as well as a new application form factor – containers – require rapidly deployable, logically isolated infrastructure that natively supports applica... Read more