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10.14.2014

Big Switch and Big Cloud Fabric - NFD8



I’ve been hearing buzz about Big Switch Networks for a bit leading up to NFD8. With their announcement of Big Cloud Fabric (BCF), Big Switch seemed to have a solid product offering. Going into NFD8 I was given a hands-on demo of BCF. The demo was excellent and very well put together, but getting to actually work with and see BCF in action was what did it for me. It just made sense and clearly highlighted what Big Switch means by simple.

Big Switch has a very smart solution with BCF. Its easy to wrap your head around, yet flexible by integrating with third party switches. They also providing an API, CLI and web interface to meet everyone’s management style. BCF appears to be a strong competitor in the SDN space. Like many leading vendors BCF utilizes policies and distributed routing to control traffic once it hits the fabric.

I will not go into the details of Big Switch and their offerings because several others have done a great job with their own blog post in covering these topics. I'm going to highly encourage you to check out these posts to get an idea of what Big Switch is all about. Do it, read them now, NOW!

Links:

The Big Picture - Big Cloud Farbric  - Amy Renee (@amyengineer)
Big Switch "Big Cloud Fabric". Big Deal - John Herbert (@mrtugs)
Bigswitch Labs for SDN learning: a sneak peak- Nick Buraglio (@buraglio)

I am very interested in BCF and what it brings to the table. I see nothing but great things for this company and their products!

I also highly recommend checking out all of Big Switch's presentations at NFD8.


Big Switch Networks Big Cloud Fabric Setup and Management Demonstration from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

Big Switch Networks Big Cloud Fabric Implementation and Packet Walk-Through from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

Big Switch Networks Big Cloud Fabric Service Chaining and NFV Support from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

Big Switch Networks Big Cloud Fabric Operational Simplicity from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

Disclaimer: Big Switch Networks was a sponsors of Network Field Day 8. They indirectly covered my costs to attend. However, I am under no obligation to write about any of the presenters.