Big Switch Networks
CEO: Guido Appenzeller
Other than Nicira, which was acquired by VMware in July 2012, no SDN startup has been more talked about than Big Switch Networks, a major proponent of the OpenFlow communications protocol and already admired for the major industry talent it's attracted.
Big Switch in November confirmed general availability of its controllers, platforms and applications, and it also told CRN the company plans to sell 100 percent through integrator partners down the line. Its portfolio includes Big Virtual Switch, which dynamically provisions virtual networking segments, Big Tap, which provides monitoring functions, and Big Network Controller, an open SDN application platform.