U2 Cloud Delivers Best-in-Class Workspace-as-a-Service with Big Switch Networks

Selects Big Cloud Fabric for Agile and Secure Network Provisioning for VMs

SANTA CLARA, CA – September 23, 2015 – Big Switch Networks®, the leader in bringing hyperscale-inspired networking agility to data centers worldwide, announced today that it was selected by cloud service provider U2 Cloud as the networking solution to deploy its Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) solution. U2 Cloud chose Big Cloud Fabric™ for its next-generation networking capabilities to achieve savings in operational expense, network management simplicity and seamless automation with VMware’s vSphere server virtualization platform.

U2 Cloud is now able to provide customers with a secure provisioning platform that provides customers with a private and individual cloud-based Windows environment that can be accessed on any device, from anywhere, at anytime. The solution provides unprecedented network performance and flexibility, with dramatic CapEx and OpEx savings compared to traditional networking infrastructure. The Big Cloud Fabric controller programmatically integrates with over 20 individual vCenter instances to enable vSphere-level multi-tenancy, while simultaneously automating the provisioning of shared physical network resources for each VM.

 “At the heart of any cloud offering is the network. We needed to provide agility and reliability, increased productivity, and 24/7 support for the WaaS infrastructure. And we needed an affordable solution,” Joe Solsona, CEO, U2 Cloud. “The Big Switch architecture is the perfect cornerstone to our WaaS solution – providing us flexibility, simplified management, integration with VMware and affordability.”

Specifically for vSphere server virtualization deployments, the Big Cloud Fabric controller integrates directly with vCenter to automate network application deployment on the physical SDN fabric. The Big Cloud Fabric controller becomes a single point of integration with vCenter for an entire Leaf-Spine Clos fabric.  

Integration of Big Cloud Fabric with vCenter also enables VM visibility including VM mobility events, directly through the Big Cloud Fabric controller GUI.  Additional Big Cloud Fabric enhancements for vSphere deployments include: 

  • Auto Host Detection & LAG Formation
  • Auto L2 Network Creation & VM Learning
  • Network Policy Migration for vMotion/DRS
  • VM-level Visibility (VM name, vMotion)
  • VM-to-VM Troubleshooting (Logical & Physical)

Big Cloud Fabric’s controller-based approach provides order of magnitude improvements in terms of ease of use and manageability by offering a data center networking solution that is:

  • Simple to Provision – Enables rapid provisioning and segmentation of tenants – key for IaaS deployments.
  • Simple to Operate – Enhance productivity by providing numerous day to day operational efficiencies.
  • Simple to Scale – Support an elastic infrastructure architecture that grows with the needs of the business.
  • Economical – Reduces overall TCO by >50% compared to a legacy infrastructure.

“Big Switch continues to innovate to simplify physical network automation in VMware vSphere environments, as well as provide an ideal physical SDN underlay to deploy the VMware NSX SDN overlay,” said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. “This U2 Cloud deployment is especially meaningful because it delivers the scalability and multi-tenant network isolation required to run a world-class workspace-as-a-service environment.”

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About Big Switch Networks

Big Switch Networks is the market leader in bringing hyperscale data center networking technologies to a mainstream data center 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 Monitoring Fabric is a feature-rich next-generation Network Packet Broker to monitor and protect existing networks, and Big Cloud Fabric is the industry's most advanced open networking switching fabric intended for new data center pods such as OpenStack private cloud, VMware NSX, big data, and VDI. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow @bigswitch, or visit www.bigswitch.com.

Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.

About U2 Cloud

U2 Cloud is transforming enterprise computing by providing secure anytime, anywhere access to Windows desktops, applications and corporate resources to any end-user device.  Their services are tailored to various industries in a pay-as-you-go model and deliver reduced costs, enhanced security and increased productivity. Headquartered in North Florida, U2 Cloud also operates offices in Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando.