Big Switch Networks unveils 2 starter kits for Big Cloud Fabric

Big Switch Networks, a company specializing in data center technologies, has launched two starter kits for Big Cloud Fabric that began shipping in September.

The starter kits, priced 40K and $99K, provide the switch hardware and SDN software necessary for projects ranging from small lab PoCs up to two-rack production deployments ready for IaaS Clouds, Big Data, Server/Network Virtualization, and VDI use case.

The $40K starter kit is intended for lab use and comes with two bare metal / open networking leaf switches, one spine switch and one year software licenses for a pair of Big Cloud Fabric controller virtual appliances.

The second starter kit, priced at $99K, is intended for production use and comes with four bare metal / open networking leaf switches, two spine switches, and a pair of Big Cloud Fabric controller physical appliances with three year software licenses.

Both starter kits also include Switch Light OS on bare metal / open networking switches, Hardware and Software support, and detailed deployment guides for project such as OpenStack clouds.

The starter kits are designed to make mainstream adoption fast and easy, says Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks.

“While our thought-leading customers are building larger Big Cloud Fabric pods with up to 16 racks and 16K VMs, we are seeing tremendous interest from mainstream data center administrators who want to experience operational simplicity but initially on smaller projects,” Murray added.

Big Cloud Fabric offers an application-centric approach to configuration, a single point for provisioning and fabric operations, modern features for troubleshooting, and security workflows and multi-hisor support.

By leveraging Trident II-based bare metal / open networking switch hardware, Big Cloud Fabric reduces vendor lock-in risk and hits far more competitive price points compared to incumbent vendors’ proprietary fabrics built with legacy technologies, the company said.

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