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Big Switch frees up its SDN

Jim Duffy | Jan. 27, 2016
Base fabric software to be offered at no cost as inducement for commercial products.

Big Cloud Fabric also has a new release, 3.5, that features deeper integration with VMware vCenter and vRealize Log Insight, certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7, and the ability to logically create vPods that can be associated with different orchestrators. This is designed to simplify cloud deployments, Big Switch says.

The VMware enhancements include a vCenter 6.0 GUI plugin that provides visibility and Layer 2/3 fabric configuration to vCenter administrators upon authorization by a network administrator. The vRealize Log Insight Content Pack provides the cloud administrator with Big Cloud Fabric visibility and analytics.

The vPod configuration feature allows administrators to establish multiple, isolated vPods, based on VLAN tags, where each vPod can be associated with a different vSphere or OpenStack orchestration. Big Cloud Fabric 3.5 also provides cryptographically secure communication between the fabric controller and fabric switches, Big Switch says.

Big Monitoring Fabric starter kits are priced from $29,000 to $39,000. Big Cloud Fabric starter kits are priced from $39,000 to $99,000. Big Cloud Fabric is also priced based on the number of leaf and spine switches, and racks.

Big Switch customers include the U.S. Federal Government, Intuit, Clemson University, CleanSafeCloud, U2 Cloud, five of the 10 largest telcos in the world, and a Fortune 5 oil & gas company.


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