October 18, 2018
The 2nd concrete sign of DC network transformation is deployment topology that leverages core & pod design principles. A pod is a self-contained unit of compute, network and storage; in our context, a “pod” is used interchangeably with a “pod network.” Most traditional network designs have been based on a 20-year architectural premise, based on a N-tier hierarchical topology (see diagram... Read more
October 17, 2018
 In my view, there are 7 concrete signs that confirm data center network transformation is well underway (see: Is Data Center Network Transformation Real?). Each of these signs are based on innovations by Cloud Giants that are being adopted by mainstream data center organizations (enterprises and service providers). The first concrete sign is open networking (or disaggregated) switch hardware.... Read more
October 16, 2018
Data center network transformation has been a topic of on-going debate since James Hamilton’s infamous talk, Data Center Networks Are In My Way in 2009. Certainly, Cloud Giants – not traditional box-based networking vendors – have lead the way in network innovations for the past decade. But are there specific signs that mainstream IT organizations – enterprises and service providers – are also... Read more
May 25, 2018
Network automation (specifically within the data center), is one of the most marketed, yet least realized of the product feature promises made by networking vendors. Networking vendors market automation due to the growing negativity associated with the manual configuration required of traditional networks, and the unique skill sets required to configure and operate data center networks.... Read more
May 09, 2018
Network visibility and insight have never been more important. As security threats continue to increase, ensuring application performance meets the needs of the business is critical. With this challenge in mind, have Network Packet Brokers (NPBs) kept up?For the most part, NPBs do the same thing today as they did when they first hit the market. Packet feeds via TAPs and SPANs from the production... Read more
March 20, 2018
Next-gen Network OS (NOS) Architecture based on Open Network Linux (ONL)The rapid adoption of open networking and software/hardware disaggregation is causing a renaissance in the networking industry!  The networking industry has largely been devoid of innovation in the past two decades. The adoption of Ethernet & IP networking in the 90’s helped standardize the protocol stack, making... Read more
February 12, 2018
Many network professionals saddled with legacy equipment dream of building a new network based on software-defined technology. But building such a technology business from the ground up is both “a luxury and a challenge,” says David Robinson, Chief Technology Officer of STT Connect. Based in Singapore, STT Connect is the cloud management arm of ST Telemedia, a Singapore based technology... Read more
January 23, 2018
Author: Bala Ramachandran, Big Switch Networks Director of Product ManagementNutanix Hyper Converged systems natively offer converged compute, storage and virtualization for all enterprise workloads at any scale by leveraging a distributed, scale-out architecture. Through software innovation, Nutanix solutions aggregate storage capacity across multiple servers and present them as a single logical... Read more
December 01, 2017
As Uber continues to dominate media headlines for all the wrong reasons, I become increasingly disappointed, but ironically hopeful. Hopeful that A new type of leader is emerging in Silicon Valley, and that the days of placing the domineering, brash, irresponsible leaders in the Valley on a pedestal, rather than highlighting the accomplishments of the far less dramatic, but far more measured... Read more
November 14, 2017
For the second year in a row, Wealthfront named Big Switch to its list of Career Launching Companies. This list, now in its sixth year, is compiled by Wealthfront, with input from leading venture capital firms, including: Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Lightspeed, and Sequoia capital.  For Big Switch, this recognition is incredibly meaningful for so many... Read more