Big Switch Networks Teams with F5 to Automate Configuration of Application Delivery Networking Services in Private Clouds

Solution simplifies orchestration and speeds cloud deployments using F5’s BIG-IQ Cloud Rest API and Big Switch Networks Big Virtual Switch Application

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 7, 2013 – Big Switch Networks today announced a joint solution with F5 to simplify how private cloud data center networks are built and orchestrated, enabling customers to deploy the rich network services they expect from traditional networks in an automated fashion consistent with the provisioning speeds of virtual workloads.

The solution leverages the F5 BIG-IQ™ Cloud REST API to integrate the Big Virtual Switch network virtualization application, BIG-IP® Application Delivery Networking (ADN) services and OpenStack into a flexible and unified cloud orchestration framework. Big Virtual Switch dynamically provisions virtual network segments, or slices of the network, for applications and workloads and enables automation.  Combining BIG-IP application delivery resources with network segments automatically delivers scalable and highly available applications from a virtual infrastructure instantly. Network administrators no longer have to manually define and deploy compute resources and network connections individually.

In traditional data center architectures, automation stops at the threshold to the network, making the network a major impediment to business agility and service velocity.  Network virtualization can speed the response to application requests and simplify application delivery in a virtual data center, but the system requires complex coordination of network infrastructure and application resources. To avoid the manual planning and configuration processes that have historically been associated with application rollouts and scale out projects, virtual networks can be programmed and automatically connected to server resources serviced by F5 solutions using Big Virtual Switch.

“Inserting ADN services, and doing so automatically, is very important in virtualized network and SDN environments, and can only be achieved with a truly programmable system,” said Mansour Karam, Big Switch Networks vice president of business development and strategic alliances. “Big Virtual Switch and BIG-IQ from F5 are both prime examples of programmable systems, and we are enthusiastic about working together to deliver a network automation solution.”

“Intelligent networking continues to be at the forefront of customers’ minds,” said Jason Needham, VP of Product Management and Marketing at F5. “Integrating application delivery components with emerging SDN and cloud architectures provides a path for organizations to seamlessly increase efficiency and add programmability to their systems. As a key innovator in the SDN space, Big Switch is a great partner, and we look forward to adding further value for joint customers through enhanced efforts with their team.”

Solution Highlight

•    Big Virtual Switch provides two-way coordination between virtual network segments and F5 Application Delivery Networking services
•    Supports both the BIG-IP iControl® API and the BIG-IQ Cloud REST API
•    Supports both native management and OpenStack Horizon Management Dashboard

About Big Virtual Switch

Big Virtual Switch is a data center network virtualization application that runs on the Big Network Controller, a platform for Open Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Big Virtual Switch creates Virtual Network Segments for dynamic workloads to make the network as agile as your other cloud infrastructure. Big Virtual Switch enables customers to realize dramatic increases in automation and business agility, while also achieving dramatic reductions in data center costs resulting from increased virtual machine (VM) density.

About F5 BIG-IQ Cloud

BIG-IQ™ Cloud, a new software-based management solution that enables customers to deploy Application Delivery Networking services in a consistent, fast, and repeatable manner across public and private clouds, traditional data centers, and hybrid environments. With an extensible, modular architecture, BIG-IQ offers an intelligent framework that centralizes management of the application control plane to provide intuitive, flexible, and scalable management capabilities for the F5 BIG-IP® product family.


The solution is available now and is being demonstrated this week at the Interop conference in Las Vegas in F5’s exhibition booth #2127.

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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