SDN rising star Big Switch Networks in October gave the industry a sneak peek at its upcoming application-aware, unified physical and virtual SDN switching fabric.
Big Switch demoed the technology, which it said is due out next year, at the Open Networking Users Group Conference in New York. According to the startup, the solution is a unified SDN software stack spanning a fabric of bare metal (physical) and hypervisor (virtual) switches, driven by OpenStack for application awareness. Big Switch said its unified design differs from the overlay and underlay SDN concepts popularized by many of its rivals by providing end-to-end automation and traffic visibility, and being compatible with today's layer four through layer seven services.
Big Switch also said the technology "puts network Capex and Opex levels comparable to Amazon EC2" attainable for a broader range of enterprises and cloud providers.