AWS and Big Switch Networks

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    AWS and Big Switch Networks

    Do you know that an off-hand remark from a customer resulted in new offerings from Big Switch Networks? This is taking AWS-like networking features to on-premises enterprise clouds, along with brand-new in-cloud products.


    The software-defined networking (SDN) specialist, in claiming to be the first in the industry to offer AWS networking features to on-premises enterprise cloud implementations, traced the origins of its new Cloud-First Networking (CFN) portfolio to a customer’s observation.


    “An architect at one of our customers made a passing comment — ‘I chose Big Switch because it was the closest we could get to Amazon networking on-premises’ — and it went viral,” said Kyle Forster, founder of Big Switch. “He kicked off our journey to Cloud-First Networking. It just clicked … this is what we have to do. It is an exciting time to be in networking.”


    The company contrasted its software-centric approach to addressing hybrid cloud networking design challenges to that of hardware-centric approaches that start with adapting legacy on-premises products for use in public cloud platforms like AWS, Microsoft’s Azure and Google Cloud Platform.


    Its on-premises solutions include Big Cloud Fabric – Enterprise Cloud (BCF-EC) and Big Monitoring Fabric – Enterprise Cloud (BMF-EC), whose public cloud networking and monitoring features supporting on-premises workloads are being updated in the next software release.


    Along with those updates, Big Switch announced two new public cloud products: Big Cloud Fabric – Public Cloud (BCF-PC) and Big Monitoring Fabric – Public Cloud (BMF-PC) for corresponding in-cloud deployments.


    Another new offering is Multi-Cloud Director, described as a system for consistent hybrid design across on-premises sites, across cloud platforms and across on-premises/in-cloud combinations of networking and monitoring fabrics.


    “Specifically, CFN starts with Enterprise VPCs, an on-prem version of the key feature of public cloud networks implemented by Amazon (VPCs), Azure (vNets) and Google Cloud Platform (VPCs),” the company said in a statement earlier this month. “VPCs bring as-a-Service operations to networking in-cloud and now on-prem. With VPCs everywhere, coupled with automation everywhere and flow-analytics everywhere, CFN is eliminating the on-prem/in-cloud networking inconsistencies that have been a key impediment to seamless hybrid cloud adoption.”


    BMF-EC with flow and packet visibility is generally available now, with GA expected for the other products in Q3 and Q4 of this year.

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