May 02, 2014
Unlocking Hyperscale with Multiple TablesEven after four years of work from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), three substantial updates to the specification, and countless training sessions, there still exists significant confusion about the OpenFlow protocol and SDN -- particularly about their performance and scale. Fortunately, as more OpenFlow-based commercial products ship and customers... Read more
April 23, 2014
Today, we announced a partnership with Dell to create an SDN choice in their open networking initiative.  Big Switch’s Switch Light SDN Operating System will run on Dell ethernet switching hardware lines (S4810-ON and S6000-ON initially), and Dell will resell hardware/software/services solutions that include Switch Light and Big Switch’s SDN Controllers.  Clearly, this is another... Read more
April 22, 2014
Rob Sherwood, Big Switch's CTO, gave a BrightTalk Webinar last week on Modern OpenFlow, and an overview of the open source components that play in it.As one of the one of the inventors of OpenFlow and author of FlowVisor (network virtualization using OpenFlow) in his Stanford days, Rob has been a part of SDN since its inception.  In this talk, he lays out a few hallmarks of SDN as it matures... Read more
February 13, 2014
Big Switch Networks is excited to announce general availability of the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric Release 3.0 – production-grade SDN solution on commodity bare-metal switches. This release further enhances deployment flexibility, simplifies policy management and fabric operations and enables a much higher scale as our customers broaden deployments to hundreds of tap & span ports per data... Read more
February 10, 2014
As data center networks transition to modern designs to meet demands of cloud computing, data analytics and 4G/LTE mobile services, the corresponding traffic monitoring networks also need to transition to next-generation designs.  Traffic monitoring is necessary for variety of reasons, including network troubleshooting, network performance monitoring (NPM), application performance monitoring... Read more
January 30, 2014
I just got back from this year's Open Compute Summit and I have to say -- I was blown away.  Somewhere between the 3500 attendees, keynote talks from industry heavy weights, a surprise appearance from Mark Zuckerberg, and some hard numbers on open hardware cost savings ("Estimate over $1.2 billion over the last 3 years" - Frank Frankovsky, VP of Hardware Design and Supply Chain Operations at... Read more
November 05, 2013
In our previous blog post (Applications & Networks: Reunited Through SDN Innovations), we focused on latest innovations in software-defined networking – or SDN 2.0 – to bring networks to modernity. This is music to IT organizations because with SDN 2.0 networks they can deploy apps rapidly, significantly reduce OpEx and dramatically reduce CapEx. In parallel, the open-source initiative for... Read more
October 25, 2013
Though “data center” begins with the word “data”, everyone knows that the king in the data center is really the application. And to deploy apps, corporate IT has three main care-abouts:Deploy apps rapidlySimplify operational complexity (reduce opex cost)Reduce infrastructure cost (reduce capex cost)Unfortunately, the network has turned out to be the main bottleneck across all three care-abouts.... Read more
July 26, 2013
Three truths: SDN is inevitable. SDN will dramatically simplify network operations. SDN will significantly reduce network equipment cost. By now, its clear that SDN is not a passing fad, so now you need to start contemplating how and to what degree you and your organization can or must digest this “next big thing.”There is no denying that new technology architectures, like SDN, can introduce... Read more
July 22, 2013
LinkedIn contacted me last week to say that Big Switch Networks made it onto this year's list of Top Ten InDemand start ups, meaning that their fancy data mining of all the LinkedIn traffic showed that we were one of the top small companies potential employees were looking at – specifically engineers.  I said, “that’s great,” which of course it is, but what's really great is that I found out... Read more

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