Big Switch Networks CEO To Speak at Interop Las Vegas, Sponsor InteropNet SDN Lab

As Big Switch vies for 2015 Best of Interop Award for SDN, chief executive will discuss emerging trends in hyperscale networks, moderate a fireside chat and will judge Startup Hot Seat panel


SANTA CLARA, CA - April 28, 2015 - Big Switch Networks®, the leader in bringing hyperscale networking to data centers worldwide and 2015 Best of Interop finalist in the SDN category, will be at Interop Las Vegas to showcase its product portfolio in the InteropNet SDN Lab. CEO Douglas Murray’s talk on innovation in the data center will be followed by a moderated discussion with a panel of experts from Dell, EMA Research and Big Switch Networks. Additionally, Murray, who previously participated in the Startup Hot Seat when pitching Big Switch as a startup in 2014, will judge the panel this year. Interop Las Vegas is one of the leading independent technology conferences that connects the world's IT community.

Why the Hyperscale Data Center is Leading the Enterprise

At Interop Las Vegas Murray will present Why the Hyperscale Data Center is Leading the Enterprise. The session will focus on the innovation driven by hyperscale data center operators and how key concepts are being adopted by enterprises to optimize data center networking. The session format will consist of a 30-minute talk followed by a moderated discussion with a panel of experts including Big Switch CTO Rob Sherwood, EMA analyst Shamus McGillicuddy and Arpit Joshipura, VP Dell Networking. The session is Thursday, April 30th from 11:45am to 12:45pm PT and will address:

  • Why hyperscale companies were the first to cross the SDN chasm

  • The three benefits hyperscale operators have realized

  • Why the data center of the future will be software-defined

  • How hyperscale concepts apply to enterprises and data centers 

InteropNet SDN Lab

Big Switch will also be part of InteropNet, which will create a lab on the expo floor to test software-defined networking (SDN) systems and applications including open source software and vendor hardware and software. Big Switch will demo its fit-for-purpose bare-metal SDN solutions including Big Cloud Fabric™ and Big Tap Monitoring Fabric™ that provide unprecedented agility, tremendous operational simplicity, and hyper-scale economics.

Startup Hot Seat

Immediately following his talk, Murray will also be one of the judges for Startup Hot Seat, which brings four enterprise startups, handpicked by the Interop organizers, to the stage. Each startup gets eight minutes to share their innovative solutions. Attendees and the expert panelist have an opportunity to ask the tough questions.  

2015 Best of Interop Award

The 2015 Best of Interop Awards recognize exhibitors that have made significant technological advancements in specific areas. As a finalist in the SDN category, Big Switch will go toe-to-toe with two other market-leading SDN solution providers to determine which company has created the most significant technical impact on their segment and are helping to move business technology forward. The winners in each category will be announced on the Expo Floor at Interop Las Vegas on April 28 at 5:30pm PT.

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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 – OEM/ODM bare metal and 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 a next-generation SDN 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. The company is backed by Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Intel and Goldman Sachs. For additional information, email, follow @bigswitch, or visit

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About Interop Las Vegas 2015

Interop is the leading independent technology conference and expo series designed to inform and inspire the world’s IT community. Through in-depth educational programs, real-world demos and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet program, Interop showcases the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer and provides the forum for the world’s largest celebration of IT professionals. Interop Las Vegas is the flagship event held each spring, with Interop New York held each fall, and annual international events in London, Mumbai and Tokyo.