Big Switch Looks to Drive OpenFlow SDN Protocol With Switch Light
Big Switch officials said they already are working with partners to get Switch Light into the market. When they unveiled their Open SDN Suite last fall, company executives touted the range of partners they had for the products, including Cisco, Dell, Extreme Networks, Juniper, Microsoft and F5 Networks. With Switch Light, Big Switch already is working with Broadcom in the merchant silicon space, and ODMs Accton and Quanta for merchant silicon-based switches. In addition, Extreme Networks officials said they will support Switch Light as part of their Open Fabric architecture. The company announced March 26 that it is adopting a new reference architecture for SDN switches, the first of which will be a switch called Slalom. The reference architecture is based on Switch Light and merchant silicon, and Slalom will be an SDN-optimized switch supporting Switch Light, with Extreme adding its own global service, support and deployment capabilities. Extreme in February announced it was supporting OpenFlow in the release of ExtremeXOS 15.3—its networking operating system—and by adopting the SDN applications from Big Switch, including the Big Tap monitoring software and Big Virtual Switch. "Extreme Networks Open Fabric is designed to offer customers an open and broad portfolio of next generation data center networking solutions that support emerging SDN solutions in hardware and software," Extreme President and CEO Oscar Rodriguez said in a statement. "Providing customers with the widest amount of choice and performance for their networks is what reduces their costs and helps them scale."Switch Light currently is in early access with some customers, and will be offered in a limited beta release in June before being generally released in the second half of the year. It also will be available as a free download at that time.
In addition to working with partners, Big Switch also will make Switch Light available for free to commercial customers who also use the company's Big Network Controller, Big Virtual Switch or Big Tap. In addition, Big Switch will offer services and technical support.