Media Alert: Big Switch Networks CEO Guido Appenzeller to Present Keynote Address on SDN at Ethernet Technology Summit–The SDN Revolution: The Dawn of Open Network Architectures

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 3, 2013 –  Ethernet Technology Summit – Big Switch Networks CEO Guido Appenzeller will give a keynote presentation here on Thursday, April 4 titled, “The SDN Revolution; The Dawn of Open Network Architectures.”  In the presentation, he will examine the current state of closed, proprietary networks and how these rigid, brittle legacy architectures are failing to meet rapidly escalating and dynamic business requirements being driven by cloud computing.  He will then use the server industry as an instructive model for the open direction users are demanding, presenting the alternative of open source, open standards and open architectures that are sweeping the networking industry with unprecedented speed.


Date: Thursday, April 4

Time: 11 -11:30 a.m. 

Location: Santa Clara Marriott Main Ballroom


Appenzeller is the Co-Founder and CEO of Big Switch Networks. Before co-founding Big Switch Networks, he was a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and head of the Clean Slate Lab where he led the research team that developed the OpenFlow v1.0 standard and the reference switch and controller implementations. Guido previously was CTO of Voltage Security, an enterprise software company that he co-founded and grew from zero to profitability and over 1000 Enterprise customers. He was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and a MS in Physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.


About Big Switch Networks

Big Switch Networks is the leader in Open Software-Defined Networking. The company’s Open SDN platform embraces industry standards, open APIs, open source, and vendor-neutral support for both physical and virtual networking infrastructure. Big Switch Networks Open SDN Suite supports a broad range of networking applications, including network virtualization for public and private cloud data centers built OpenStack, CloudStack and other platforms. Big Switch Networks is privately held and has raised over $45M from Goldman Sachs, Intel Capital, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and others. For additional information follow us @bigswitch or visit: 


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