The Big Switch Networks product suite includes Big Network Controller (BNC), which scales to more than a thousand switches and 250,000 new host connections per second; Big Tap, a unified network monitoring application designed to provide enterprise-wide network visibility; and Big Virtual Switch (BVS), a data center network virtualization application designed for automated network provisioning.
Big Network Controller includes an OpenFlow southbound programming interface, a RESTful API for northbound communications, and is based on the Floodlight open source controller code available under the Apache 2.0 license. It's designed to provide network abstraction for the physical infrastructure, policy-based functions across the fabric, and centralized intelligence for the programmable network.
Big Tap is designed to provide continuous network visibility so users can optimize the use of security tools, performance tools and network packet brokers. The application filters and directs traffic to meet the needs of analytical tools, and monitors the efficiency, performance and scalability of Ethernet switches, Big Switch says.
Big Virtual Switch supports up to 32,000 virtual network segments, enabling multi-tenancy and dynamic workload allocation, Big Switch says. It offers integration into orchestration systems, including OpenStack, CloudStack, Microsoft System Center and VMware vCenter. Big Switch says the BVS application enables up to 50% more VMs per rack, and up to $500,000 per rack in capital cost savings and $30,000 per rack per year in operational savings, based on a 40-server rack.
Production customers for the Big Switch Open SDN product suite include Fidelity Investments and Goldman Sachs. Ecosystem partners include A10 Networks, Arista Networks, Broadcom, Brocade, Canonical, Cariden, Citrix, Cloudscaling, Coraid, Dell, Endace, Extreme Networks, F5, Fortinet, Infoblox, Juniper Networks, Mellanox, Microsoft, Mirantis, Nebula, Piston Cloud, Palo Alto Networks, Radware, StackOps, ThreatSTOP, vArmour and Vyatta. These companies plan to support the products and develop applications to its APIs, Big Switch says.
Big Switch's challenge, naturally, will be executive, just as it is with any startup or established vendor, Skorupa says.