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Big Cloud Fabric™ is the industry’s first data center fabric built using SDN controller software and open networking (white-box or brite-box) hardware switches. Embracing hyper-scale data center design principles, the Big Cloud Fabric solution delivers:
The Big Cloud Fabric architecture can be viewed as software-driven/software-defined disaggregation of the traditional chassis:
Big Cloud Fabric's logical chassis architecture -- or a one logical pod switch -- enables data center users to construct high-performance, resilient and scale-out (pay-as-you-scale) pod fabrics. SDN controller (aka chassis supervisor) is a critical and necessary component without which chassis disaggregation is not possible. It enables zero-touch fabric operation, single-point of fabric management and centralized fabric analytics -- thus significantly speeding up application deployment and reducing operational cost. Moreover, with HW/SW disaggregation, Big Cloud Fabric supports a variety of high-performance (10G/40G), high-density switch hardware enabling full vendor choice and tremendous capex cost optimization.
For OpenStack and container deployments, Big Cloud Fabric additionally supports Switch Light VX virtual switch for KVM hypervisor. Solution details may be found here.
With Big Cloud Fabric, data center infrastructure teams can automate their VMware or OpenStack networks with 16x faster configuration and upgrades, 4x faster application deployment and issue resolution and troubleshooting. The ACG Research report provides a detailed analysis: The Economic Value of Open SDN Fabrics
The leaf-spine fabric supports a wide variety of data center use cases, including:
The Big Cloud Fabric, with its leaf-spine fabric brings modern hyperscale-style benefits to enterprise and service provider data centers.
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