[VIDEO] Big Switch CEO on the Evolution of SDN

Douglas Murray talks about his current and future plans for the SDN pioneer.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Apr 25, 2014
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One of the earliest commercial ventures to emerge in the Software Defined Networking (SDN) space was Big Switch Networks, founded in 2010 by SDN pioneer Guido Appenzeller and Kyle Forster. In late 2013, Douglas Murray joined the company as its new CEO and has been helping to set direction and accelerate commercial adoption ever since.

On April 23, Big Switch announced a major new partnership with Dell that serves to underscore the new
leadership Murray brings to the table. Dell is now set to resell the Switch Light operating systems and Big Switch Big Tap application for use on Dell Open Networking switches.

Switch Light was first introduced by Big Switch in March of 2013 as an SDN technology that sits on either bare metal or virtual switches. The Big Tap application was originally announced back in 2012 as a monitoring fabric for SDN.

In a video interview with Enterprise Networking Planet, Murray explained the current and future direction for Big Switch Networks and the evolving SDN landscape.

Part of the direction involves an effort known as Open Network Linux, which is a component of Switch Light and has now been donated to the Open Compute Platform (OCP) and its open networking effort.

"Open Network Linux takes a piece of what's inside Switch Light, anything that you would normally need to leverage to bring up a switch," Murray said.

Overall since the company's inception, $47 million in venture financing has been raised, and Murray noted that he has no immediate plans to do another round of financing. He added that Big Switch is now generating revenue, in particular from Big Tap.

"Everything we do is about SDN architecture, which is inherently a fabric," Murray said.

He added that every Big Switch product is now an application fabric, including a controller that has an application that isnative to it. In addition to Big Tap, Murray said future products include Cloud Fabric, set to be formally announced later this year.

"At this point, we have a multi-year strategy to get to the point where we'll be able to design an entirely greenfield data center from top to bottom, using SDN," Murray said.

Watch the full video interview with Douglas Murray, CEO of Big Switch, below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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