Following the lead of VMware's (VMW) Nicira unit, startup Big Switch Networks is rolling out a...

Following the lead of VMware's (VMW) Nicira unit, startup Big Switch Networks is rolling out a software-defined networking (SDN) platform it argues will cut dependence on proprietary switches from the likes of Cisco (CSCO) and Juniper (JNPR). Big Switch's platform, called Switch Light, can be used either with commodity switches running on BRCM chips, or "virtual" switches running Linux (BRCD has ambitions here). Unlike Nicira, which only partly leverages the OpenFlow SDN standard, Big Switch is fully throwing its weight behind OpenFlow, and is offering an open-source version of Switch Light to drive its adoption. (FBR)

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  • gkonezny
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    Interesting. Thanks. So when you say "commodity" switches, what do you mean? who sells those and how different are they vs. branded (CSCO, etc) ethernet switches?
    26 Mar 2013, 03:10 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    "Commodity" switches use off-the-shelf switching chips from Broadcom, Marvell, Intel, etc that any switch maker can buy. Cisco and Juniper's proprietary switches tend to use internally-developed ASICs, and are tied to the companies' operating systems and related software. They're generally more expensive/carry higher margins than "commodity" switches.
    26 Mar 2013, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • meridian6
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    Tons of money and talent are now following Facebook, Amazon, eBay, etc. in to every open platform you can imagine....


    OpenCompute, OpenStack, OpenFlow, Hadoop this and that, etc... My question is - how does one make money from OPEN?


    Are customers buying this or is this a big waste of time and money? Even if you buy white boxes and open software, you would have to tweak it to make it perform. Do companies want to spend that time and effort to do it in house?


    The only beneficiary I see is Quanta, who sells white boxes direct to customers instead of HP, Dell, IBM, etc.
    9 Apr 2013, 05:58 PM Reply Like
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