Over the last decade, hyperscale data center architects have consistently built out networks with orders of magnitude improvement in operating and cost metrics compared to traditional designs. Despite their scale, they take advantage of cost/performance improvements faster, and adopt new networking technologies earlier. They have been quietly outpacing the vendor community in innovation. Can aspects of their model be replicated by the rest of us? Absolutely, yes!
While each hyperscale datacenter is unique, design patterns have emerged that are applicable to a broader audience of network architects. Hyperscale networking has attributes that are very attractive to any data center architect:
High-performance white-box or brite-box switch hardware built with best of breed ASICs (such as Broadcom Trident-II/II+ and Tomahawk) Choice of hardware vendors reduces CapEx cost and enable more flexibility.
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Big Switch Networks has adopted the same three hyperscale networking principles to deliver next-generation data center networking solutions for mainstream data centers:
With Big Switch SDN solutions, customers of any-scale data center experience significant CapEx and OpEx advantage as calculated in the ACG study.
Enterprise and service provider customers deploy Big Switch Solutions for specific deployment scenarios:
Big Cloud Fabric is deployed on a pod-by-pod basis in an existing data center. BCF communicates with legacy networks via standards-based routing protocols. BCF also supports inter-pod and/or inter-DC connectivity via VXLAN based Layer-2 extension across Layer-3 core.
Big Monitoring Fabric enables monitoring of existing data centers built with traditional (box-by-box) networks as well as with modern SDN-based pods. Big Mon can monitor any workload (physical, VM, container) traffic and at any link speed (1G, 10G, 25G, 40G and 100G). Big Mon also allows monitoring of campus traffic and remote locations (such as collocated data centers and branch offices).