10 Hot Emerging Vendors For April 2011

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Big Switch Networks

Company Name: Big Switch Networks

Tech Sector: Networking
Key Product: N/A

The Lowdown: Big Switch Networks is based in Palo Alto, Calif., and that's about all the public information that's available about this startup, which is still in stealth mode. One thing we do know is that Big Switch Networks is working on products based on the OpenFlow switching protocol, which is designed to allow for more sophisticated packet routing. Big Switch networks scored $13.8 million in venture capital funding last month, and it's led by former Stanford professor Guido Appenzeller.

Big Switch Networks hasn't launched yet, and its Web site contains the message "a big switch is (almost) here," but this looks like a company that's looking to shake things up in the networking space, which is itself already in the midst of some pretty significant winds of change as Cisco and HP continue to try and eat each other's lunch.

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