Saturday, November 25, 2017

Big Switch Networks bets on container economy and hyper-convergence

Company unveils set of upgrades to SDDC-targeted networking fabric for OpenStack environments and multiple VMware solutions.

Big Switch Networks has unveiled the latest series of innovation around its Big Cloud Fabric platform which includes more VMware and multi-container networking support as well as new switches.

Big Cloud Fabric is a next-generation switching network software defined network (SDN)-based architecture which delivers networking for software defined data centres (SDDC).

The new additions in the Big Cloud Platform 4.0 release include networking support for hyper-converged solutions powered by VMware vSAN and virtual desktop and application solutions with VMware Horizon, as well as multi-container networking support for Mesosphere DC/OS and Kubernetes container orchestration platforms, including Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Big Switch is integrating APIs for Mesosphere DC/OS container orchestration, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Kubernetes managing Docker or Mesos containers and the ability to deploy heterogeneous container environments on the same physical fabric.

Big Cloud Fabric also supports multi-container environments via a unique virtual pod (vPod) architecture, which enables multiple orchestrators to operate within isolated management domains while sharing a common physical networking fabric.

The company said Big Cloud Fabric is inspired by and incorporates design principles that hyperscale organisations like Google and Facebook use to build agile and flexible network architectures leveraging software-defined networking (SDN) controls, open networking switches and fabric design.

In VMware environments, the fabric connects with the VMware vCentre API to provide physical network automation and end to end network visibility for VMware vSphere.

The Big Cloud Fabric Content Pack for VMware vRealize Log Insight provides in-built fabric analytics to VMware admins.

Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks, said: “Innovation velocity is imperative for companies around the world who have turned to Big Switch to make their vision of a next-generation data centre a reality.

“Interoperability in heterogeneous environments is mandatory for modern networks.”