Visionary: Big Switch Networks
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Big Switch Networks is another new vendor that made Gartner's data center Magic Quadrant in 2017. Big Switch delivers programmable SDN offerings based on open hardware. Its Big Cloud Fabric is a controller-driven data center offering based on a spine-and-leaf design that uses white-box switches, enabling enables rapid provisioning, simplified operations through a GUI and programmability through an API.
The vendor uses its network packet broker solution, Big Monitoring Fabric, as a Trojan horse in accounts that are not ready for white-box switches as their primary data center network. Big Switch is ranked No. 4 in vision on the Magic Quadrant, but near the bottom in execution.