Big Switch Networks Partners With In-Q-Tel to Expand Hyperscale Networking Solutions to U.S. Government

Big Switch to deliver highly automated and scalable data-center network solutions on bare-metal infrastructure using SDN technology


Santa Clara, CA – July 22, 2014 – Big Switch Networks today announced a strategic partnership with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the independent strategic investment firm that identifies, adapts, and delivers innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.


This partnership will help Big Switch deliver advanced hyperscale networking solutions to both IQT customers and the broader enterprise data-center market. Networks built on the bare-metal SDN software from Big Switch are both cost efficient, as it is runs on inexpensive bare-metal switches, and highly automated.


“Working with IQT gives us the opportunity to take hyperscale data center technologies to both government projects and the broader networking market”  said Douglas Murray, CEO of Big Switch Networks. “Private data center networks now have the flexibility to run on interchangeable bare-metal network switch hardware with SDN software.”


The partnership comes in response to IQT’s customers seeking practical ways to migrate their setups and move into building large cost-optimized data-center networks that can be run with a reduced management overhead.


“With Big Switch’s solutions our government customers will now have the ability to run demanding data-center networks at scale on bare-metal infrastructure,” said Greg Shipley, Vice President of IQT's Infrastructure and Security Practice. “Working with Big Switch's enterprise-hardened SDN technology means we’re getting refreshing simplicity in the deployment and management of networks, while having the flexibility to scale up to satisfy large and diverse workloads.”


About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the leader in providing hyperscale networking solutions for all data center users. The company has architected its fit-for-purpose solutions across three key hyperscale design principles: bare metal/open Ethernet switch hardware, sophisticated SDN control software, and core-and-pod designs. The company’s Big Tap Monitoring Fabric is an ideal solution to monitor existing networks, and the flagship Big Cloud Fabric is the industry’s most advanced bare metal SDN fabric intended for private cloud, big data and VDI pods. These bare metal SDN fabric solutions offer unprecedented agility, massive operational simplification and dramatic cost savings to enterprises, cloud providers, and telcom service providers. For additional information, email, follow @bigswitch, or visit


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About In-Q-Tel

In-Q-Tel is the not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched in 1999 as a private, independent organization, IQT’s mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. Working from an evolving strategic blueprint defining the Intelligence Community’s critical technology needs, IQT engages with entrepreneurs, startups, researchers, and investors to deliver technologies that provide superior capabilities for the CIA and broader Intelligence Community. For more information, visit


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