As the vendor-led OpenDaylight Project reaches consensus around a code base, Big Switch disagrees with the consortium’s direction and has stepped back in its participation.
New open-source and commercial software from Big Switch Networks threatens longtime hardware sellers as it lets customers introduce and manage commodity switches.
Software-defined networking vendors such as Embrane and Nicira have found customers in the managed-hosting realm, and with more startups bringing products to market, enterprises could follow suit later this year.
Intel’s funding of Big Switch Networks indicates that the commoditization of networking hardware is a few steps closer.
The normally staid and somewhat boring world of networking equipment focused startups is become a hotly contested minefield — thanks to the newest kid on the blog, Insiemi, a company started by Cisco veterans. Their hiring tactics have got rivals such as Arista Network hopping mad.
Big Switch Networks, a startup using the OpenFlow protocol to help companies build software-defined networks, has open-sourced its controller software, dubbed Floodlight. With this move, it will attempt to unseat networking giant Cisco by creating an ecosystem of startups building tools for SDNs.
Networking is getting sexy again, thanks to OpenFlow and other approaches to network virtualization. So what has prompted this movement towards smarter and more flexible networks? Blame it on the cloud, and the fact that the old ways of networking simply can’t keep up with it.
Our 12 LaunchPad finalists — Acunu, Beyondcore, BigSwitch, Cloudability, CloudFloor, DotCloud, GenieDB, PHP Fog, Real-Status, vCider and Zerto — reflect the growing maturity in the cloud space