Big Switch Networks Recognized on CRN's Virtualization 50 List

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Apr 14, 2016) - Big Switch Networks®, the leader in bringing hyperscale-inspired networking to data centers worldwide, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Big Switch to its 2016 Virtualization 50 list. The annual list recognizes channel-friendly companies that provide some of the most innovative virtualization technology available.

Selected by CRN editors, the 2016 Virtualization 50 list recognizes technology vendors that are leading the way in meeting a growing need for state-of-the-art virtualization offerings. These vendors are instrumental in helping solution providers select and deploy the right tools for building virtualized environments -- a critical first step in transitioning customers to the cloud. In addition to honoring vendors for outstanding products and services, the list serves as a valuable guide for solution providers looking for best-in-class virtualization technology suppliers.

CRN editors select companies for the Virtualization 50 list on the basis of multiple criteria, including each company's overall impact on the market, its influence on the channel as a whole, and the desirability of the technology and services it makes available to its partners.

Big Switch has made its imprint across the globe with a customer base that stretches across the US, APAC and EMEA, supporting companies and organizations across tech, financial services, government, telecom, and higher education. After a banner year in 2015, in which Big Switch experienced more than 300% growth in revenue and closed multiple deals of over $1M, the company is following a similar trajectory into 2016, fueled by a Series C round of $48.5M in funding and strong partnership with Dell and VMware.

In January, Big switch announced significant updates to its product lineup. This included enhancements to its Big Cloud Fabric product, the networking industry's most advanced open networking switching fabric, which now offers deeper integration with VMware and provides administrators with physical network automation and visibility into vSphere Server Virtualization Environments and NSX Network Virtualization Deployments. In addition, Big Monitoring Fabric shipped with 100 Gb support, and advanced monitoring features powered by a new x86 service node, as well as a new inline DMZ security mode with policy based service chaining.

"Virtualization encompasses some of the most powerful tools in the IT industry today, enabling the centralization of resources and remarkable scalability of IT infrastructure," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. "This thriving segment of the IT market is the driving force behind the rapid, fascinating transformation of the data center, and we are pleased to shine a spotlight on some of the key players in this space."

"It's an honor to be recognized by CRN for our efforts in helping our partners over the last year," said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. "It's been a very rewarding period in which Big Switch has continued to innovate and win the trust of service providers and enterprises across the globe as we transform enterprise networking."

The Virtualization 50 list is featured in the April 2016 issue of CRN and online at

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About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the market leader in bringing hyperscale-inspired 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 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, Morgenthaler Ventures, Silver Lake Partners, Accton, Redpoint Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Intel and Goldman Sachs, among others. For additional information, email, follow @bigswitch, or

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