Big Switch Extends SDN to Citrix CloudPlatform, Verified as Citrix Ready

Big Cloud Fabric Certification Accelerates Bare Metal SDN Designs in CloudPlatform-Powered Data Center

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 19, 2014) - Big Switch Networks, the company bringing hyperscale networking to data centers worldwide, today announced that it has been verified as Citrix Ready®. The Citrix Ready Program helps customers identify third-party solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking, and cloud computing solutions from Citrix. Big Switch's Big Cloud Fabric has gone through a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix CloudPlatform, powered by Apache CloudStack. The joint solution will enable rapid innovation, scalable deployment, massive operational simplification, and cost reduction.

"The Citrix Ready verification of Big Cloud Fabric enables our customers to run hyperscale applications such as high-performance computing in private, public and hybrid cloud environments powered by Citrix CloudPlatform, the industry's leading CloudStack-based cloud orchestration platform, with operational agility, simplicity and cost-efficiency," said Steve Wilson, VP & Product Unit Manager, Cloud Platforms at Citrix.

The Citrix Ready Program makes it easy for customers to identify complementary products and solutions that can enhance Citrix environments. In order to be accepted into the program, Big Cloud Fabric had to pass a series of tests established by Citrix to ensure Big Cloud Fabric works effectively with the Citrix CloudPlatform. Data Center operators can now implement hyperscale-style network designs with bare metal switches, SDN fabric and reliable and scalable cloud orchestration system to build modern cloud pods. The joint solution brings innovations through software and leverage open standards, open hardware and open source technologies for broader interoperability in heterogeneous, multi-vendor environments. Pod deployments consisting of Big Cloud Fabric and Citrix CloudPlatform include:

  • Private / Public Clouds
  • High Performance Computing / Big Data Pods
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Pods

Big Cloud Fabric is already verified with Citrix CloudPlatform 4.3, and further integration through Big Switch's plugin for Citrix CloudPlatform is planned for Q4 2014.

"As a member of the Citrix Ready Program, we are able to bring SDN software and open network hardware to Citrix CloudPlatform customers," said Prashant Gandhi, VP of Product Management & Strategy at Big Switch Networks. "Modern, hyperscale-style design of Big Cloud Fabric combined with maturity of Citrix CloudPlatform provide an agile, simple and economical cloud infrastructure for mainstream use. Our upcoming integrated offering further demonstrates our plans to work closely through the Citrix Ready partner ecosystem and provide the highest quality experience for our cloud customers."


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About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the market leader in bringing hyperscale data center networking technologies to a broader audience. The company is taking three key hyperscale technologies -- open Ethernet switch hardware, sophisticated SDN control software, and core-and-pod data center designs -- and leveraging them in fit-for-purpose products designed for use in enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers. The company's Big Tap Monitoring Fabric is an entry level solution to monitor existing networks, and the flagship Big Cloud Fabric is the industry's most advanced bare metal switching fabric intended for new data center pods such as private cloud, big data, and VDI. For additional information, email, follow @bigswitch, or visit

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