The 10 Coolest Networking Startups Of 2013 (So Far)

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Big Switch Networks

CEO: Guido Appenzeller

Network virtualization startup Big Switch Networks had a big year in 2012, bringing its total venture funding to $39 million, kick-starting commercial availability of its products, and announcing plans to sell those products 100 percent through the channel. The Mountain View, Calif.-based startup has kept its foot on the gas in 2013, announcing, for one thing, Switch Light, an open-source thin switching platform meant to streamline the adoption of OpenFlow protocols and software-defined networks, in general.

Big Switch said the new software, which is slated for availability during the second half of the year, frees customers from being locked down to a specific networking vendor or architecture, giving them a wider range of hardware options, all while lowering operational costs through centralized network automation. Switch Light can be deployed as both a virtual switch for server hypervisors or in a silicon-based physical switching platform, Big Switch said.

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