Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 25, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, July 30, 2015 (All day)

OpenStack Summit Tokyo: Vote for Our Speaking Sessions


Big Switch, our customers and partners have submitted speaking sessions for OpenStack Summit Tokyo, Oct 27-30. Below is an overview of our proposed speaking submissions, please help us bring these to life by voting via the links below. The voting period is open until Thurs. July 30 @ 11:59 PST. 

Session: Unified OpenStack Networking for Physical & Virtual Switches: Sharing Experiences & Lessons Learned with Big Switch founder

Speakers: Satish Salagme (Flextronics), KC Wang (Clemson University), Christian Sarrasin (CleanSafeCloud), Kyle Forster (Big Switch Networks),

About Session: OpenStack Networking has come a long way in just a few years. The open questions from the last few cycles are being replaced by in-depth conversations about real life deployment experiences – at enterprises of all sizes and scales.In this session, we will discuss the OpenStack network deployment experiences of three different enterprise-scale data centers, showcasing OpenStack, SDN software and bare metal switching hardware.

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Session: Neutron Scaling and Resiliency with Mirantis OpenStack and Big Switch P+V SDN Fabrics

Speakers: Prashant Gandhi, Big Switch Networks, Jason Venner, Mirantis

About Session: With OpenStack and SDN adoption accelerating in mainstream production-grade deployments, two key concerns customers have are building a scalable and resilient Neutron network infrastructure in a production OpenStack environment, and measuring the resilience of Neutron-based networks at scale. In this session, we will show how we achieved scale and resilience in Neutron to tens of thousands of end-points at line rate.

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Session: Telco OpenStack Cloud Deployment with Red Hat and Big Switch Networking

Speakers:  Paul Lancaster (Red Hat), Prashant Gandhi (Big Switch Networks)

About Session: Telco providers are demanding to drive down cloud infrastructure costs and operational complexity in order to compete head-to-head with cloud titans. They are turning to OpenStack-based solutions for commodity economics that also promises agility and operational simplicity.  In this session, we will talk about a specific use case of a telecom customer who is leveraging an OpenStack-based SDN fabric solution to build out a production-grade cloud.

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Session: Let’s Unite! (Physical + Virtual == Unified OpenStack Networking -- Hands-on lab)

Speakers: Sunit Chauhan & Syed Ghayur (Big Switch Networks)

About Session: Confused about Physical or Virtual Networking for you OpenStack Data Center?  How about a Unified Physical + Virtual approach? If you have struggled with the challenges of provisioning, managing and troubleshooting your physical networking infrastructure and virtual switching infrastructure, you will want to attend this session. What you really need is a single pane of glass to manage ALL of your data center networking... In this presentation, speakers will showcase hyperscale-style data center networking using an online OpenStack lab to provision, manage and debug OpenStack Networks from the Horizon GUI.  Attendees will have the option to follow along in their own privately provisioned lab infrastructure.

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Session: LBaaS-integrated SDN Clos Fabric Solution for Application Scaling in OpenStack

Speakers: Doug Wiegley (A10 Networks), Prashant Gandhi (Big Switch Networks)

About Session: As OpenStack adoption is accelerating in enterprises and service providers, users require a modern network infrastructure at L2-L3 and L4-7 layers. In this session, we will discuss merits of A10 Networks’ load balancing as a service (LBaaS) -- an advanced service within OpenStack Neutron -- integrated with Big Switch’s SDN Clos fabric for delivering agile and cost-optimized L2-L7 solution for OpenStack clouds.

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Session: Open SDN Fabric as Powerful Underlay for OpenStack to Solve Key Traditional Network Infrastructure Challenges (with Dell)

Speakers: Raghupathy N (Dell), Nobo Akiya (Big Switch Networks)

About Session: One of the primary purpose of a network is to provide a service of reliably delivering data from senders to receivers. In many networks, unfortunately and from time to time, service outages have occurred, caused by SW bugs, timing issues, exhaustion of resources, HW problems, etc. In this session, we will discuss:

  • How an open SDN fabric provides an automated network configuration, device management and seamless integration with OpenStack environments.

  • Common failures of traditional networks: control plane and data plane disconnect.

  • How an open SDN fabric can provide improved visibility and debuggability in data center networks.

  • IETF activities, BFD for VXLAN to validate VNI programming, LIME for being able to go up/down layers.

  • Failure points which are difficult to detect today: VMs, Containers, Services.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 (All day) to Friday, July 31, 2015 (All day)

DCD Internet

Kyle Forster, Big Switch co-founder, will be speaking at the DatacenterDynamics Internet Conference at the end of July in San Francisco. He’ll be on a panel along with executives from Brocade, OpenDaylight, and Nimbix speaking on SDN/NFV: Stitching Together the Network Fabric. Interested in attending? Kyle’s panel is at 10:40am on July 30. Register today.

Sunday, August 30, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, September 3, 2015 (All day)

VMWorld 2015

Join us at VMWorld in San Francisco in August. The team from Big Switch will be available for demos at Booth 2605. Let us know if you’d like to meet by contacting us prior to the event.

Past Events

June 22, 2015 to June 25, 2015

SharkFest 2015

Our last event in June was at SharkFest '15 at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and at the Vendor Showcase Event & Reception.

June 14, 2015 to June 18, 2015

Open Networking Summit 2015 (ONS)

We attended the Open Networking Summit (ONS) in Santa Clara in June. Our CTO Rob Sherwood discussed everything ONL in the sessions Open SDN Track: Open Source I and Open SDN Track: Open Source II. Kyle Forster, Big Switch co-founder, discussed Data Center: SDN Solutions alongside VMWare, Cisco, and Arista. Great summit!

May 18, 2015 to May 22, 2015

OpenStack Summit May 2015 - Vancouver

We were very excited to be part of the OpenStack Summit in beautiful Vancouver May 18-22. Along with the numerous new demos we shared, Rob Sherwood, Big Switch CTO, joined 451’s Eric Hanselman in a discussion of "OpenStack Networking of the Future: a Look with Industry Startup Founders and 451 Chief Analyst."

For more info and a show recap, check out our OpenStack Summit page and be sure to read our summit notes.

May 13, 2015 to May 14, 2015

Open Networking User Group/ONUG Spring 2015

New York's Columbia University hosted ONUG Spring 2015 in May. 

Big Switch CTO Rob Sherwood was on stage for his May 12 white box tutorial. For a summary of Rob's tutorial, read his blog post White Box Is So Much More Than CapEx Reduction

And on May 13, Kyle Forster, Big Switch Co-founder, was part of the Virtual Networks/Overlays Working Group Update.

May 12, 2015 to May 14, 2015

IEEE Communications Society - 2015 International CQR International Workshop

Prashant Gandhi, Vice President, Product Management & Strategy spoke at IEEE Communications Society's 2015 International Communications Quality and Reliability (CQR) Workshop in Charleston in May. His segment was on "Production Readiness for NFV and SDN."

Along with other panelists, he addressed questions around widespread production deployments to realize the high level of quality and reliability operators and users expect from today’s networks. He also provided recommendations to guide development, trial, production rollout, and support of virtualized services.

April 30, 2015

IHS Webinar: Bare Metal Switching: Is it for Everyone?

Register now to watch the replay. 

IHS Webinar: Bare Metal Switching: Is if for Everyone?
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 8:00 am PT / 11:00 am ET / 15:00 UTC

Big Switch Co-founder, Kyle Forster, was one of four speakers in this live IHS webinar. Bare Metal Switching: Is it for Everyone? explored the rollout of bare metal switching, discussed the advantages of the bare metal approach, and provided guidelines for purchase-decision makers. 

Discussion topics included: 

  • Bare metal switch market drivers and rollout
  • A new open paradigm for data center networking with bare metal switches
  • Options for innovative data center networks with bare metal switches
  • Best practices for migrating to bare metal switches

April 27, 2015 to May 01, 2015

Interop Las Vegas

Interop Las Vegas was fantastic! Big Switch CEO Douglas Murray led the conference session Why the Hyperscale Data Center is Leading the Enterprise on Thursday, April 30.

The discussion covered:

  • Why hyperscale companies are the first to cross the chasm
  • What benefits they're reaping
  • Why the data center of the future will be software-defined
  • How to think hyperscale and network your data center accordingly

Immediately following his talk, Doug was one of the judges for Startup Hot Seat, which brought four enterprise startups to the stage. Each startup got eight minutes to share their innovative solutions to problems. Attendees and the expert panelist also had an opportunity to ask the tough questions.

And that's not all. Big Switch was also part of InteropNet, which created a lab on the Expo Floor to test Software-Defined Networking (SDN) systems and applications including open source software and vendor hardware and software. Big Switch demoed its fit-for-purpose bare-metal SDN solutions including Big Cloud Fabric and Big Tap Monitoring Fabric that provide unprecedented agility, tremendous operational simplicity and hyper-scale economics. Read more about InteropNet.

April 20, 2015 to April 24, 2015

RSA Conference USA 2015

Thanks to all who visited us at this year's RSA Conference in San Francisco!

April 14, 2015 to April 16, 2015

Ethernet Technology Summit

Thanks for joining Big Switch at this year's Ethernet Technology Summit in Santa Clara, CA. The team spoke across a number of sessions including the Open Source Switching Tracks. Check out the program for the details. Here are the individual sessions the team spoke at:

Rob Sherwood, CTO
Tuesday April 14 - 1:00 - 2:30pm
Open Source Switching Seminar (Open Source Switching Track)
Session O-13: Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
“Open Network Linux - an Open Source Switch OS” 

Tuesday April 14 - 4:00 - 5:00pm
Open Source Switching Seminar/Open Source Switching Track
Session O-15: Future of Open-Source Switching

Prashant Gandhi, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy 
Wednesday April 15 - 8:30 -9:40am
Forum 1B: Ethernet in Data Centers (Data/Telco Centers Track)
“Applying Hyperscale Networking Principles to Normal-Scale Data Centers”

Sandip Shah, Lead Engineer/Architect
Wednesday April 15 - 3:20-4:25pm
Forum 1C: 40/100/400 GbE, Part 2 (Emerging Technologies Track)
“Building Advanced-Visibility Fabrics with SDN and Open Ethernet Switches”

Jeff Doyle, Modern Networks Evangelist
Open Source Switching Seminar (Open Source Switching Track)
Tuesday April 14 - 2:45 - 4:00pm
Session O-14: Design Issues
"SDN and Open Switches Power Modern Data Center Networks"

March 09, 2015 to March 11, 2015

Open Compute Summit (OCP U.S. Summit)

Big Switch was at OCP Summit in San Jose, CA in March.

At the OCP Summit, we announced that the Open Compute Project (OCP) has formally accepted Big Switch’s contribution of Open Network Linux (ONL) as its reference Network Operating System (NOS). ONL is a Linux-based open source network operating system to bare-metal and branded white-box (“brite box”) switches.

Big Switch news from the summit:

From our blog: Attention World: The Network Is Now Open!

Press release: Open Compute Project (OCP) Formally Accepts Open Network Linux (ONL)

Tweet announcement: Great news - @OpenComputePrj accepts Open Network Linux as its recommended Network Operating System. More info at:

Agenda and presentation slides: Click here

If you would like to set up a dedicated time with our Sales and Technical leads, please Contact Us.

November 17, 2014 to November 21, 2014

SC14 New Orleans

November was a busy month for Big Switch Networks. One of our many shows was at the Super Computing 2014 conference in New Orleans. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

November 03, 2014 to November 07, 2014

OpenStack Paris Summit

Our Big Switch product and technology teams were at the OpenStack Paris Summit in November. This year, we were in the Startup section of the Expo to discuss how Bare Metal SDN fabrics can power your OpenStack clouds.

If you would like to connect with us, please feel free to contact us at

November 03, 2014 to November 06, 2014

Riverbed FORCE User Conference 2014

Big Switch was delighted to be a sponsor of Riverbed FORCE 2014 in November in San Jose, CA. For more information about our joint solutions with Riverbed, please read the Riverbed SteelCentral and Big Tap Monitoring Fabric Joint Solution Brief and the Riverbed SteelApp Traffic Manager with Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric Joint Solution Brief

If you're interested in these joint solutions, please email us at

October 28, 2014 to October 29, 2014

Open Networking User Group (ONUG) - Fall 2014

Big Switch Networks was happy to be part of the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) event in October.  

If you have any followup questions, please feel free to contact us at

October 01, 2014 to October 02, 2014

Interop New York 2014

Big Switch Networks showcased its fit-for-purpose bare metal SDN products including Big Cloud Fabric and Big Tap Monitoring Fabric at the InteropNet SDN Lab in New York in October 2014. For those who had wondered what Bare Metal SDN can do for them, the demos proved to be a great opportunity to try out the products in the Interop Lab. The product demos included:

  • OpenStack integration with Big Cloud Controller to highlight the multi-tenant, application-centric design and management of a highly resilient network fabric.
  • Scale-out network visibility with Big Tap Monitoring Fabric using bare metal Ethernet switches to implement consolidated tool farm architectures.

At the SDN Lab, we hosted a daily White Boarding Session with Big Switch Networks.

If you would like to followup meeting with our Sales and Technical leads, please Contact Us.

July 22, 2014

Big Switch Networks - Summer Launch 2014

On July 22nd, Big Switch CEO Doug Murragy announced our flagship product, Big Cloud Fabric, is orderable now and will ship later this quarter. With this announcement, the company took another step in the company’s commitment to bring hyperscale networking technologies to a broader audience.  In addition to the introduction of Big Cloud Fabric, we released Big Tap 4.0 and expanded our partner ecosystem.

If you missed the live event, please check the following Blog Announcement.

Please check this space shortly for a recording of the live event. Speakers included:

Douglas Murray
CEO, Big Switch

Brad Casemore
Research Director, Datacenter Networks, IDC

Prashant Gandhi
VP Product Management, Big Switch

Rob Sherwood
CTO, Big Switch

June 16, 2014 to June 20, 2014

Sharkfest 2014

Big Switch was a Silver-tip sponsor at the Sharkfest '14 conference. Thanks to all our customers and partners for stopping by our booth as well as spending time with us checking our product demos!

If we missed you, and you would like to see how our customers and partners are using SDN based Monitoring Fabric solutions - check out some of the session presentations here (also provided below for your convenience).  If you have any follow-up queries on how Bare Metal SDN technologies can help you in your current network deployments, please Contact Us.

May 22, 2014

Telecom Council - Infrastructure as a Service

Prashant Gandhi (VP, Product Mgmt and Strategy) presented at the Rapid Fire Demo session at the Silicon Valley Telecom Council.

Please contact us if you have additional questions or would like to know more about next generation data center networking.

May 20, 2014

Tech Talk by Rob Sherwood: SDN and Bare Metal Switches

Rob Sherwood (Big Switch CTO) presented at the Bay Area Network Virtualization Meetup hosted by Symantec.  Rob's talk focused on the benefits of combing SDN with bare metal Ethernet switches. He also touched on various open source projects (Open Network Linux, Project Floodlight, etc.) and discussed how these projects fit together, their various evolutionary paths, and how this stack fits in the landscape of emerging commercial and open source SDN products.

To view a recording of the session, please check the link below.

May 12, 2014 to May 16, 2014

OpenStack Atlanta Summit

Big Switch product and technology teams were at the OpenStack Atlanta Summit.  Thank you to the OpenStack community, our customers and partners for stopping by our booth and making the conference a huge success for us!

If you missed us and would like to learn more about how Bare Metal SDN fabrics can power your OpenStack clouds, check out the hands-on session recording below.

May 06, 2014

Open Networking User Group (ONUG) - Spring 2014

Rob Sherwood (Big Switch CTO) attended the Open Networking User Group meet held in New York City.  His presentation was titled: "Understanding White box Networking".

The PDF version of the presentation can be accessed below.  If you have any follow-up questions for Rob or Big Switch Networks, please Contact Us.

Additional Resources

April 29, 2014 to April 30, 2014

Annual Ethernet Technology Summit

Big Switch was at the 5th Annual Ethernet Technology Summit at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

  • Prashant Gandhi (VP Product Management & Strategy) presented on the topic of "Scalable Network Monitoring with SDN-Based Ethernet Fabrics"
  • Rob Sherwood (CTO), spoke about "Open Source SDN Switch OS"

Thanks to all our customers and partners for stopping by our booth! If you have any follow-up queries on the above topics or would like additional information on Big Switch products and technologies, please Contact Us.

April 01, 2014 to April 03, 2014

Interop Las Vegas 2014

Big Switch Networks was at Interop Las Vegas 2014. Douglas Murray, Big Switch CEO, was on the Startup Hot Seat Panel. If you missed his talk at the conference, please check out his presentation below.

Thanks to all our customers and partners for stopping by our booth! If you have any follow-up queries or requests, please Contact Us.

March 04, 2014 to March 06, 2014

Open Networking Summit 2014

Big Switch Networks was at the Open Networking Summit 2014.  Thanks to all our customers and partners for making it such a big success for us!

If we missed you at the conference or you are interested in exploring what the Bare Metal SDN buzz is all about:

  • Check out Najam Ahmad from Facebook introducing Rob Sherwood during the Bare Metal Switching Plenary.  Short video (20 mins) of Rob's talk is below.

If you have further questions, please Contact Us.