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Companies Bring SDN Software and Open Networking Hardware to OpenStack

SANTA CLARA, CA–(Marketwired – Oct 30, 2014) – Big Switch Networks, the company bringing hyperscale networking to data centers worldwide, today announced its certification as a Mirantis Technology Partner. Through the partnership, Big Switch and Mirantis will bring cloud infrastructure to enterprise and service provider data centers worldwide.

“Mirantis and Big Switch strip away complexity, and increase scalability and agility through the cloud,” said Mirantis CMO, Boris Renski. “Mirantis makes OpenStack reliable and easier to use, while Big Switch unlocks the power of SDN in making data centers scalable.”

The joint solution consists of the Mirantis OpenStack Distribution and Fuel installer and Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric (BCF). Mirantis and Big Switch Networks tested, benchmarked, and documented their products’ interoperability, performance, and resiliency. Together, the technologies accelerate OpenStack deployments on SDN-based cloud fabrics built with commodity bare metal switches. Customers can quickly deploy OpenStack clouds that are scalable, resilient, operationally simple, and highly cost optimized.

Big Switch is committed to the OpenStack community. It is the first networking vendor to receive OpenStack Compatible status with the OpenStack Foundation and its flagship product, Big Cloud Fabric, brings hyperscale networking technologies to OpenStack environments. Big Cloud Fabric combines bare metal Ethernet switch hardware, SDN controller software, and OpenStack integration with both Nova and Neutron. Big Cloud Fabric also extends fabric telemetry to OpenStack Horizon GUI to simplify tenant workflows. With the recently introduced BCF starter kits at $40K and $99K to accelerate mainstream use, data center administrators can build entry-level OpenStack clouds with minimal budget.

The Mirantis Fuel installer has a simple interface that dramatically speeds up OpenStack deployments, and is flexible so customers can customize OpenStack to their specific needs. Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric Controller programmatically interacts with Mirantis OpenStack to provision logical networks onto the ultra low-cost leaf-spine fabric in a zero-touch manner, thus enabling tremendous application agility and rapid change management.

“All of us in the OpenStack community are keenly aware that the lack of an easy to use, production-grade SDN solution has been an issue,” says Kyle Forster, Co-Founder of Big Switch Networks. “This partnership — with the certifications, installers, documentation — is addressing this issue while preserving choices for hardware and software in the networking stack.”

To Learn More: You can see demos of Big Cloud Fabric and OpenStack in action in recent webinars.

About Big Switch Networks:

Big Switch Networks is the market leader in bringing hyperscale data center networking technologies to a broader audience. The company is taking three key hyperscale technologies — OEM/ODM bare metal and open Ethernet switch hardware, sophisticated SDN control software, and core-and-pod data center designs — and leveraging them in fit-for-purpose products designed for use in enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers. The company’s Big Tap Monitoring Fabric is an entry level solution to monitor existing networks, and the flagship Big Cloud Fabric is the industry’s most advanced bare metal switching fabric intended for new data center pods such as private cloud, big data, and VDI. For additional information, email, follow @bigswitch, or visit

Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Tap, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light vSwitch are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.

About Mirantis
Mirantis is the world’s leading OpenStack company. Mirantis delivers all the software, services, training and support needed for running OpenStack. More customers rely on Mirantis than any other company to get to production deployment of OpenStack at scale. Among the top three companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, Mirantis has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds at companies such as Cisco, Comcast, Ericsson, Expedia, NASA, NTT Docomo, PayPal, Symantec, Samsung, and WebEx.

Mirantis is venture-backed by Insight Venture Partners, August Capital, Ericsson, Red Hat, Intel Capital, Sapphire Ventures and WestSummit Capital, with headquarters in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @mirantisit.


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