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Big Switch Networks(R) to Showcase Next-Generation Network Monitoring to Enable Pervasive Security and Visibility at RSA

SANTA CLARA, CA — (Marketwired) — 02/29/16 — Big Switch Networks®, the leader in bringing hyperscale-inspired networking to data centers worldwide, will be at the RSA Conference February 29th – March 4th at booth N4427. The company will be showcasing solutions that demonstrate innovation and accelerate pervasive security to combat cyber threats with new inline and advanced monitoring services in Big Monitoring Fabric. The solution is a next-generation network packet broker (NPB) that leverages Open Networking switches to provide centralized, feature-rich, simplified data center monitoring for at least 50% less cost than traditional NPBs. Additionally, Big Switch will highlight key technology partner integrations to demonstrate policy-based service chaining and deeper packet inspection to deliver enhanced visibility to increase network security for customers.

High profile breaches and cyber-attacks on leading corporations over the past 12 months have underlined just how fragile corporate network security is today. Cyber criminals have not only breached networks, but remained undetected for months within target organizations, despite significant increases in investment in network security solutions.

“For many organizations, the question is not if but when a network will be comprised” said Lee Doyle, Principal Analyst, Doyle Research. “New approaches to pervasive network security leverage SDN in innovative ways to provide policy-based service chaining as well as real-time alerts to give organizations the ability to detect breaches and take corrective action more quickly than ever before.”

Big Monitoring Fabric 5.5 (formerly Big Tap) represents a radical step forward in network security and monitoring. It couples leading software with merchant silicon hardware, enabling organizations to significantly increase the volume of traffic that can be cost-effectively monitored. Big Monitoring Fabric is a 1G/10G/40G/100G network fabric that enables pervasive security and monitoring of network traffic with policy-based delivery to multiple security, monitoring, and compliance tools — both in-line and out-of-band.

“Cyber attacks are pressing IT organizations to implement security pervasively, yet they are often hampered by the high cost and complexity of legacy network packet brokers,” said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. “Our next-generation Big Monitoring Fabric solution is disrupting the NPB space by dramatically simplifying economics, thus enabling Fortune 2000 customers to pervasively secure their data centers, remote locations, DMZ/Extranets, and mobile 4G/LTE sites.”

Big Monitoring Fabric 5.5 represents an important milestone as the first next-generation network packet broker, eliminating the need for proprietary custom-ASIC based legacy products, while delivering dramatically simplified network management, for 50% less cost. The solution now supports additional advanced network packet services via an Intel-based DPDK Service Node, an enterprise-class hardware appliance, NEBS Level 3 & ETSI Compliant, with 4 x 10G bi-directional interfaces, to deliver de-duplication, packet slicing, regex pattern matching services, all at multi-10G performance.

Big Switch Networks was a featured vendor in Gartner–s 2016 Network Packet Broker Market Guide for its aggressively priced NPB functionality, network monitoring, both in line and out of band, and for its innovative approach delivering pervasive security. To access the 2016 Gartner NPB Market Guide, please visit:

Big Switch has a thriving technology partnership ecosystem with an emphasis on security. Each of these joint solutions ensures that customers have access to the broadest range of deployment options and compelling use cases to drive new levels of business agility, flexibility and reduced cost of ownership with networking operations.

Big Switch has numerous technology partnerships that focus on security integrations which provide customers with solutions that meet their complex and unique needs. Featured security technology integrations include A10 Networks, BlueCoat, Cyphort, Riverbed and FireEye.

The joint solution between the FireEye Threat Prevention Platform and Big Monitoring Fabric combines signature-less Multi-Vector Virtual Execution (MVX) threat detection and an SDN-managed bare-metal switching fabric to combat cyber attacks with unmatched efficiency and at an unprecedented scale. Customers can realize the full potential of the FireEye platform as the scalable Big Monitoring fabric connects to a consolidated pool of FireEye devices, delivering traffic from any tap to any FireEye device at any time based on policies. Joint customers who have deployed the solution include one of the largest software developers in the US, a Fortune 5 Oil & Gas company, one of the leading electric vehicle producers, in addition to service providers worldwide.

Big Switch currently has two joint solutions with A10 Networks, both enable application-aware solutions for data centers, while ensuring rapid change velocity, operational simplicity, and reduction in total cost of ownership. The A10 Networks Thunder TPS Threat Protection System can be leveraged with Big Monitoring Fabric for efficient and scalable Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack detection across the entire data center. Customers can fully realize the unique benefits offered by Thunder TPS with its high-performance, multi-level DDoS protection capabilities combined with Big Monitoring Fabric–s ultra-low cost, operationally simple and scale-out monitoring fabric.

The joint solution brings together Cyphort–s and Big Monitoring Fabric for aggregation of web traffic for dynamic enforcement in the network. Together, they create the industry–s first software-based, advanced threat detection and SDN defense solution. Big Monitoring Fabric collects, filters and granularly routes the right flow to security monitoring tools, including Cyphort Advanced Threat Defense Platform for broad-based threat detection.

To learn more about these partnerships and all of Big Switch–s technology partnerships, please visit:

Free, hosted environment to access, manage and monitor a live network using next-generation SDN solutions:

Free, fully-featured, downloadable software for onsite deployment; $25,000 value:

(Doyle Research)


Big Switch Networks is the market leader in bringing hyperscale data center networking technologies to a mainstream data center audience. The company is taking three key hyperscale technologies — OEM/ODM bare metal and open Ethernet switch hardware, sophisticated SDN control software, and core-and-pod data center designs — and leveraging them in fit-for-purpose products designed for use in enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers. The company–s Big Monitoring Fabric is a feature-rich next-generation Network Packet Broker to monitor and protect existing networks, and Big Cloud Fabric is the industry–s most advanced open networking switching fabric intended for new data center pods such as OpenStack private cloud, VMware, big data, and VDI. For additional information, email , follow @bigswitch, or visit .

Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, 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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