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 over, these SDN fabrics are driving disaggregation of Netframe – traditional switch chassis that are mainframe of networking – for faster, simpler and more economical networks.
Today, we are opening Chapter 2 of our Hyperscale Networking to All vision with new innovations for SDN fabrics and introduction of elastic pricing model for on-demand fabric consumption. Figure 1 below provides a summary of our announcement.
Figure 1: Big Switch Innovations for SDN Fabrics and New Elastic Pricing Model
This new release brings new capabilities to both OpenStack and VMware environments.
Industry’s 1st Unified P+V SDN Fabric on Open Hardware: Till now, BCF operated as a physical leaf/spine fabric (P-fabric), controlled by the BCF Controller. In 3.0 release, BCF extends to support KVM virtualized environment, thus providing a unified network stack for physical and virtual networks for OpenStack clouds (see Figure 2). The Unified P+V Fabric modes consists of:
Figure 2: BCF 3.0 unified P+V fabric for OpenStack Clouds
Powerful and Intuitive GUI: BCF controller supports CLI, GUI and API with remarkable consistency, as both CLI and GUI are clients of REST API. In particular, the 3.0 GUI is significantly enhanced with modern, web 2.0 style user experience, streamlined workflows and fine-grain visibility/analytics. Even CLI-gurus are opting to use the GUI to simplify their day-to-day operations. Check out the BCF Product/GUI demo.
Deeper VMware Support: The 3.0 release extends integration and visibility with VMware in multiple dimensions.
Docker Container Networking (tech preview): With unified P+V capability, Switch Light VX can host Docker containers, with Big Switch plugin embedded in Docker Engine. Video demo previews the architectural capabilities, including container network provisioning on P+V fabric, fabric visibility and troubleshooting for containers.
Pervasive security and monitoring are becoming critical in data center due to sophisticated cyberthreats as well as for ensuring application performance SLA. Big Monitoring Fabric – a next-generation Network Packet Broker (NPB) – provides a simple and scale-out tap/span aggregation network at an ultra-low price. New innovations now focus on:
In our conversations with carrier customers, there is a clear requirement for infrastructure suppliers to provide usage- or consumption-based pricing model, including for hardware equipment. To this end, Big Switch is taking the lead to offer an elastic pricing model inclusive of switch hardware, SDN software and technical support. Instead of procuring the fabric under current pricing model, customer can opt for the elastic model where 2X network capacity is provided at no additional cost. This excess capacity can be consumed on a pay-per-use basis at $599/switch/month. Big Switch is offering three BCF configurations with upfront price (equal to 1X base capacity at current price) as shown in table below. Note that our current pricing model remains intact for standard configurations.
Open networking train has left the station and disaggregation of proprietary, box-by-box Netframes is underway with SDN fabrics. Innovation velocity in networking is here to stay for today’s workloads (cloud computing, Big Data, NFV, VDI, software-defined storage, …) as well as for tomorrow’s data centers with containers and Internet of Things (IoT).
Welcome to 21st Century Networking!
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Launch Support Videos:
CEO Vision - Hyperscale Networking (video)
Founder’s Perspective - Networking Innovation (video)
The Big Switch Architecture - Disaggregating Netframes! (video)
Product Overview - Introducing Big Cloud Fabric 3.0: P+V edition (video)
Business Model Innovations - Introducing Elastic Pricing Model (video)
Big Switch - Be Awesome: Company Culture (video)
ESG Lab Review:
Elastic SDN Pricing (resource page)
Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 (resource page)
Big Cloud Fabric 3.0 (data sheet)
OpenStack: Unified P+V SDN Fabric (resource page)
Big Monitoring Fabric (resource page)