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Big Switch Networks Shows Advances in SDN, Elastic Pricing Model

August 20, 2015

Data center optimization company Big Switch Networks recently announced the latest group of advances it has made in its goal of bringing hyperscale networking concepts to servers everywhere. This includes updates to its Big Cloud Fabric and Big Monitoring Fabric as well as elastic pricing structure that can fit the needs of any organization.

First, the Big Cloud Fabric, a fabric for software-defined networking (SDN), has seen an update to version 3.0 which now supports open networking switches and further integration with VMware and OpenStack. Its accompanying Switch Light software can make its way to open network switches or virtualized KVM servers. Furthermore, the Big Cloud Fabric Controller allows IT to manage everything from application creation to network troubleshooting. Previous versions of Big Cloud Fabric have saved companies up to 75 percent on their app development time, and these advances seek to continue and amplify that figure.

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The Big Monitoring Fabric network packet broker (NPB) also wants to save companies time by handling data center monitoring at up to a 30 percent lower cost that traditional NPBs. It can provide pervasive and remote monitoring, mobile/LTE monitoring, and inline security by leveraging SDN. It supports 100G switches for large companies and data centers and, like Big Cloud Fabric, can use the Controller as a single window into all monitoring operations.

Big Switch says it is doubling the amount of capacity it delivers for the cost. As an example, it will deliver an eight-rack configuration of its Elastic SDN Fabric for the same price businesses would find for a four-rack configuration of physical switches, software, and support in the traditional SDN fabric. It then charges for excess capacity in Elastic SDN Fabric at a steady rate per switch and per month of use. This means that businesses can purchase an initial setup that conforms to their average data use and then scale resources on demand during peak hours. Businesses will find packages in small, medium and large sizes to meet their needs.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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