Big Switch Networks Positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking

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SANTA CLARA, CA-- (Jul 7, 2017)Big Switch Networks®, The Next-Generation Data Center Networking Company, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionaries Quadrant of the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking[i] for Big Cloud Fabric (BCF), its next-generation data center switching fabric.

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Per Gartner, network solutions for enterprise data centers are evolving to support for better agility and cloud architectures. Enterprise I&O leaders should evaluate multiple vendors, and focus on comparing architectures, software features and infrastructure integration capabilities, not hardware specifications.

"We consider our positioning in the Visionaries Quadrant by Gartner as confirmation of our mission to provide next-gen networking solutions as customers transform their data centers," said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. "Big Cloud Fabric's operational simplicity and ease of management delivers next-generation network innovation to any organization, and we are honored to be recognized as a Visionary."

Big Cloud Fabric is a next-generation data center switching fabric inspired by the design principles hyper-scale operators like Facebook and Google have developed to build intelligent, agile and highly flexible network architectures. It leverages software-defined networking (SDN) principles to architect a redundant logical switch architecture consisting of hundreds of switches and deliver intent-based networking workflows to streamline and accelerate IT operations. Customers benefit from unprecedented application agility due to automation, order-of-magnitude operational simplification due to SDN management, deep visibility through built-in telemetry and analytics and significant cost reduction due to hardware/software disaggregation. Big Cloud Fabric supports all workloads via built-in integration that includes, VMware SDDC, Red Hat OpenStack, and container environments, such as Docker, Kubernetes, Red Hat OpenShift and Mesosphere. BCF can be deployed in existing data centers as a new pod or can interact with traditional networks. The scale-out fabric operates like one redundant logical switch, is fully resilient with no single point of failure, and supports headless mode operations. Customers implement BCF for multiple use cases including: IaaS cloud, hyper-converged infrastructures, network function virtualization, cloud-native applications, big data, desktop virtualization and IP storage.

"We are thrilled to be included in the Visionaries Quadrant. At Big Switch, our goal is to disrupt the status quo of networking with order of magnitude improvements in network intelligence, agility, and flexibility while lowering CapEx costs by up to 50%," said Prashant Gandhi, Chief Product Officer, Big Switch Networks. "We feel being positioned in the Visionaries Quadrant further validates our innovative and differentiated approach to next-generation data center networking, based on SDN fabric control software and open networking hardware, and the broad-based acceptance of Big Cloud Fabric by mainstream enterprise and service provider customers."

Organizations around the world continue to select Big Switch for data center modernization. In 2016 the company more than doubled its customer count and is on track to do the same for 2017. In 2016, Big Switch established a dedicated presence in China, EMEA and ANZ regions, in addition to its subsidiary in Japan, to support global demand for its products. Additionally, Big Switch has more than a dozen customers who have purchased $1M+ in recurring software licenses. Customers are located in more than 25 countries, in verticals that include: technology, financial services, government, retail, automotive, media, telecom and higher education.

Supporting Materials
Gartner Magic Quadrant Report: Data Center Networking
Product Page: Big Cloud Fabric Overview
Data Sheet: Big Cloud Fabric 
Explainer Video: Big Cloud Fabric
Blog: Big Switch and the Gartner Magic Quadrant: A Big Milestone
Gartner Peer Insights: Data Center Networking / Big Switch Networks 
TechValidate: Check out what Big Switch customers are saying

About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Center Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking (SDN), coupled with a choice of industry-standard hardware. Big Switch Networks has two solutions: Big Monitoring Fabric, a Next-Generation Network Packet Broker, which enables pervasive security and monitoring of data center and cloud traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments and Big Cloud Fabric, the industry's first Next-Generation switching fabric that allows for choice of switching hardware for OpenStack, VMware, Container and Big Data use cases. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices located in Tokyo, Melbourne, London and Istanbul. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, visit www.bigswitch.com or follow us on Twitter @bigswitch and LinkedIn.

Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, BigSecure, Big Chain, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.

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[i] Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking" by Danilo Ciscato, Mark Fabbi, Andrew Lerner, 03 July 2017.