Project Floodlight Grows to the World’s Largest SDN Ecosystem; Global Users, Contributors and Partners Innovating Using Open

  Project Floodlight Grows to the World’s Largest SDN Ecosystem; Global Users,
  Contributors and Partners Innovating Using Open Source SDN

Business Wire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- March 26, 2013

Big Switch Networks today announced that Project Floodlight has grown to be
the world’s largest open source SDN community, already encompassing over
200,000 lines of code, 15,000 downloads of the Floodlight controller, and
contains contributions from more than 10 ecosystem institutions and vendors
around the world. Demonstrating a continuedcommitment to open source, Big
Switch today also introduced a refreshed community project called Project
Floodlight, retiring the OpenFlow Hub name. The updated open source community
website replaces OpenFlowHub.org and is available ProjectFloodlight.org. Big
Switch Networks open source community initiatives date back to Stanford
University and the Clean Slate Project, which was led by the company’s CEO and
co-founder, Guido Appenzeller.

Today’s announcement of Big Switch’s renewed open source approach was
accompanied by the announcement of Switch Light (see related announcement), an
industry-first thin switching software platform, which is based on Indigo, an
open source project within Project Floodlight. The Indigo Project produces
open source software that is used by developers and vendor partners to
implement the OpenFlow protocol on physical and hypervisor switches, and forms
the core of Switch Light. Indigo has been qualified to operate as a virtual
switch in a variety of server hypervisors and in merchant silicon-based
physical switching platforms, including so called “white box” switches.
Merchant silicon-based switches are an increasingly important component of
Open Software-Defined Networking (SDN). They liberate customers from
historically proprietary, closed networking architectures, accelerating the
adoption of OpenFlow-based networking, and providing customers a broad array
of open-source SDN switching options that radically reduce cost of operations
for software-defined networking. To date, Big Switch has used Indigo to assist
numerous vendor partners to enable OpenFlow in their switches.

“Big Switch is a very strong believer and supporter of a community-powered
approach to innovation,” said Guido Appenzeller, CEO and co-founder of Big
Switch Networks. “The promise and the reality of SDN must be based on a truly
open architecture. Our ongoing and expanding commitment to the open source SDN
community will foster growth and innovation in SDN, as evidenced by the large
and enthusiastic community formed and growing around Floodlight.”

A growing list of innovative users and ecosystem vendor partners around the
world are building applications and deployments on open source SDN projects
including the Floodlight controller and the Indigo OpenFlow agent.

6WIND
“Thanks to the large and growing community around Floodlight as well as its
support by Big Switch Networks, we have selected it as the baseline controller
for demonstrating our own upcoming OpenFlow-based solutions,” said Eric
Carmès, CEO of 6WIND. “Customers typically use our 6WINDGate™ networking
software in conjunction with standards-based open-source platforms and will
benefit from the synergy between Big Switch’s products and ours.”

Canonical
"Ubuntu is the most popular platform for OpenStack because of its ability to
integrate cutting edge technologies,” said Kyle MacDonald, Canonical VP of
Cloud. “Our enterpriseand carrier customers are already demanding advanced
networking solutions based on open standards, sowe are supportive of Big
Switch'scommitmenttoOpen SDN and Project Floodlight, as they provide our
customerstheflexibility needed to build dynamic cloud infrastructure while
simplifying network operations."

Caltech/CERN
“We chose Floodlight because it is represented by the largest open source
community, and has a modular architecture that makes it straightforward to
customize,” Artur Barczyk, senior engineer at CalTech. “At the same time,
having Big Switch Networks behind Floodlight gives us confidence in the future
of the open source project, support and a partner to address issues and work
with on a technical level.”

FireMon
"FireMon is a strong supporter of open source and open standards in
software-defined networks. We have been working with Floodlight to demonstrate
how security and risk analysis can be tightly integrated into an open SDN,”
said F. Ward Holloway III, vice president of business development.

Overture
“Project Floodlight and the Indigo2 OpenFlow framework helped Overture
accelerate our development by offering robust, industry leading open source
software,” said Overture head of advanced development, Bob Lynch. “Weapplaud
the efforts of Big Switch and the community supporting Floodlight and Indigo2
as they promote what has become the SDN industry’s reference."

Radware
Radware’s SDN solutions allow software-defined networks to easily provision
and automate scalable L4-L7 applications such as ADC and security solutions as
wide network services. We are part of and strongly support the open source
communities, including Project Floodlight, that allow customers to fully
utilize innovative network and application technologies,” said Avi Chesla,
Radware CTO. “We chose the Floodlight open source controller to work with our
ADC and Security SDN application to transform the network from a simple
forwarding and routing entity into a smart, application aware, routing layer.
Open standard initiatives are extremely important to provide customers
democratization in choosing the most relevant applications for their business
needs.”

SRI  International,  a research and innovation center, is developing security
enhancements to the Floodlight controller for use in sensitive computing
environments.
“When selecting an Open Flow Controller to target for our security extension,
SRI researchers needed one that was well-engineered and broadly available.
Working with Big Switch, we are now building the tools that will allow network
operators to create more secure Open Flow networks,” said Phil Porras, program
director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International.

About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the leader in Open Software-Defined Networking. The
company’sOpen SDN platformembraces industry standards, open APIs, open
source, and vendor-neutral support for both physical and virtual networking
infrastructure. Big Switch NetworksOpen SDN Suitesupports a broad range of
networking applications, including network virtualization for public and
private cloud data centers built OpenStack, CloudStack and other platforms.
Big Switch Networks is privately held and has raised over $45M from Goldman
Sachs, Intel Capital, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Redpoint Ventures and
others. For additional informationfollow us@bigswitchor visit:
bigswitch.com

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Switch Light, Floodlight and Open SDN are trademarks or registered trademarks
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