Big Switch Networks In Visionaries Quadrant For Data Centre Networking


Big Switch Networks has been positioned by Gartner in the Visionaries Quadrant of the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking for Big Cloud Fabric (BCF), its next-generation data centre switching fabric.

Per Gartner, network solutions for enterprise data centres are evolving to support better agility and cloud architectures. Enterprise I&O leaders should evaluate multiple vendors, and focus on comparing architectures, software features and infrastructure integration capabilities, not hardware specifications.

“We consider our positioning in the Visionaries Quadrant by Gartner as confirmation of our mission to provide next-gen networking solutions as customers transform their data centres,” says Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. “Big Cloud Fabric’s operational simplicity and ease of management delivers next-generation network innovation to any organisation, and we are honored to be recognised as a Visionary.”

Big Cloud Fabric is a next-generation data centre switching fabric inspired by the design principles hyper-scale operators like Facebook and Google have developed to build intelligent, agile and highly flexible network architectures. It leverages software-defined networking (SDN) principles to architect a redundant logical switch architecture consisting of hundreds of switches and deliver intent-based networking workflows to streamline and accelerate IT operations.

Customers benefit from unprecedented application agility due to automation, order-of-magnitude operational simplification due to SDN management, deep visibility through built-in telemetry and analytics and significant cost reduction due to hardware/software disaggregation.

Big Cloud Fabric supports all workloads via built-in integration that includes, VMware SDDC, Red Hat OpenStack, and container environments, such as Docker, Kubernetes, Red Hat OpenShift and Mesosphere. BCF can be deployed in existing data centres as a new pod or can interact with traditional networks. The scale-out fabric operates like one redundant logical switch, is fully resilient with no single point of failure, and supports headless mode operations.  

 Customers implement BCF for multiple use cases including: IaaS cloud, hyper-converged infrastructures, network function virtualisation, cloud-native applications, big data, desktop virtualisation and IP storage.

Organisations around the world continue to select Big Switch for data centre modernisation. In 2016 the company more than doubled its customer count and is on track to do the same for 2017. In 2016, Big Switch established a dedicated presence in China, EMEA and ANZ regions, in addition to its subsidiary in Japan, to support global demand for its products.