Big Switch Networks Previews Application-Aware SDN Cloud Fabric Using Bare Metal Switches

Unified Physical + Virtual (P+V) SDN, Bare Metal Switches and OpenStack Automation Enable New Economics in Cloud Networking

NEW YORK, NY, Oct 30, 2013 – Big Switch Networks is previewing an application-aware, Unified Physical+Virtual (P+V) SDN switching fabric at the Open Networking Users Group Conference hosted by JP Morgan this week. Five demos preview upcoming releases from Big Switch due out next year, and show a unified P+V SDN software stack spanning a fabric of bare metal (physical) and hypervisor (virtual) switches, driven by OpenStack for application awareness.

In contrast with overlay/underlay SDN architectures, Unified P+V SDN designs deliver end-to-end automation for massive operational simplification and end-to-end traffic visibility for troubleshooting, and are compatible with today’s L4-L7 services. By removing barriers across application, network and security teams, application-aware SDN fabrics can dramatically speed up application deployment. Combining a Unified P+V SDN controller, bare metal switch hardware and OpenStack automation puts network CapEx and OpEx levels comparable to Amazon EC2 within reach for a broad range of enterprises and cloud providers.

Across a total of five demos, including two hands-on interactive demos, Big Switch will show:

  • Cloud Fabrics: A Unified Physical + Virtual SDN software stack programming a fabric of bare metal and hypervisor switches
  • Cloud Fabrics: Application awareness for the SDN cloud fabric using OpenStack for lifecycle management
  • Switch Light: Automated provisioning the Switch Light operating system for bare metal switches using the ONIE boot loader in collaboration with Cumulus Networks and the Open Compute Project
  • Monitoring Fabrics: A hands-on tutorial of the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric solution with bare metal switches, recent winner of the IT Brand Pulse “SDN Monitoring” award
  • Monitoring Fabrics: Real-time networking programming of a monitoring fabric with intrusion detection systems

The Unified P+V approach versus the overlay/underlay approach will be the fundamental architectural choice facing datacenter operators over the next few years looking to build both public and private cloud infrastructures. With these demos, Big Switch is showing that Unified P+V can provide many of the benefits without the integration complexity and high price points of overlay/underlay designs.

“We are seeing tremendous demand for OpenStack-based networks that are competitive to Amazon EC2 in cost, features and automation,” said Kyle Forster, Big Switch Network co-founder. “There is simply no way to get there without the economics of bare metal switch hardware, the feature set of OpenStack, and the automation that comes with P+V SDN.”

About Big Switch Open SDN Suite

Big Switch Networks is the leader in open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), delivering unmatched network agility, choice in networking hardware, and optimized network operations. The company’s Open SDN(TM) solutions offer an OpenFlow switch fabric that can run on bare metal switches and hypervisor virtual switches, and enables a wide variety of SDN network applications including data center network virtualization and network monitoring.


About Big Switch Networks

Big Switch Networks is the leader in Open Software-Defined Networking. The company’s Open SDN solutions embrace industry standards, open APIs, open source, and vendor-neutral support for both physical and virtual networking infrastructure. Big Switch Networks Open SDN solutions support a broad range of networking applications, including network virtualization for public and private cloud data centers built on OpenStack and other platforms. Big Switch Networks is privately held and has raised over $45M from Goldman Sachs, Intel Capital, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and others. For additional information follow us @bigswitch or visit:

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