Big Switch rolls out SDN starter kits

Software-defined networking tools designed for cloud, big data, virtualization projects.

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SDN pioneer Big Switch Networks this week is expected to unveil “starter kits” designed for its Big Cloud Fabric product that began shipping in September amidst a stream of positive product reviews.

The starter kits provide the hardware and software necessary for a simple lab proof of concept up to a full two-rack production network fabric ready for Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds, big data and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) projects.

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"While our largest customers are building pods for 16K [virtual machines], we realize that the majority of enterprise architects want to experiment with hyperscale networking on a small project first," said CEO Doug Murray. "These starter kits are intended to make that fast and easy."

Big Cloud Fabric offers an application-centric approach to configuration, a single point of management, modern features for troubleshooting and security workflows. By leveraging Trident2-based bare metal switch hardware used by hyperscale data center operators, Big Cloud Fabric reduces vendor lock-in risk and hits price points that are dramatically below competitive data center switching fabrics.

The first starter kit, listed at $40,000, is intended for lab use and comes with two bare metal leaf switches, one spine switch and one year software licenses for a pair of Big Cloud Fabric controller virtual appliances. The second starter kit, listed at $99K, is intended for production use and comes with four bare metal leaf switches, two spine switches, and a pair of Big Cloud Fabric controller physical appliances with three year software licenses. Both starter kits include detailed deployment guides for projects such as OpenStack clouds.


This story, "Big Switch rolls out SDN starter kits" was originally published by Network World.

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