Prashant Gandhi Joins Big Switch Networks as Vice President of Product Management

Former Cisco ONE Controller and cloud networking executive joins the market leader in Open SDN

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 6, 2013 – Big Switch Networks, the leader in open SDN, today announced that Prashant Gandhi has joined the company as vice president of product management where he will oversee the company’s complete Open SDN Suite, which includes Big Network Controller, Big Virtual Switch, Big Tap and Switch Light, as well as Project Floodlight open source projects, including the Floodlight controller, Indigo and other applications contained with the project.

Prior to joining Big Switch, Gandhi was senior director, product management and marketing, data center group at Cisco where he led product management of Cisco ONE Controller, Nexus 1000V virtual switch, VXLAN-based network virtualization as well as Cisco’s SDN and cloud network services product and go-to-market strategy.  He came to Cisco in 2009 through the acquisition of Rohati Systems where he was CEO and co-founder.  Prior to Rohati, Gandhi held product positions at Cisco in both enterprise and service provider business groups.

“Prashant is supremely qualified given his extensive data center experience in both physical and virtual networking, as well as a deep productization and go-to-market expertise,” said Big Switch CEO and Co-Founder Guido Appenzeller. “We are excited to have him on board as we accelerate commercialization of Big Switch products and technologies.”

“Since the successful completion of the integration of Rohati technologies within Cisco’s Data Center Group, I have been searching for a unique opportunity in the rapidly forming software-defined networking market, said Gandhi. “Big Switch Networks is the leader in SDN with the best team, the best technology and the best customer traction, so the choice was clear. Customers are very eager to bring commercial-grade SDN solutions into their networks, and I look forward to helping this market move quickly to maturity.”

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 on 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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