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Big Switch Networks Overview

Santa Clara, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Center Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, agile and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking ... Read more

Mission: Big Switch’s mission is to disrupt the status quo of networking with order of magnitude improvements in network intelligence, agility and flexibility by delivering Next-Generation Data Center Networking. We enable data center transformation and accelerate business ... Read more

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Best Places to Work: 2018 (#13)

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Big Switch Networks – Why Work For Us?

Company Background

Big Switch Networks was founded in 2010, with roots in the original Stanford research team that invented software-defined Networking (SDN), and the company is widely considered one of the original pioneers of SDN. In 2013 the company made available its first commercial product, Big Monitoring Fabric™ for network visibility and security and in 2014 the company released Big Cloud Fabric™, a hyperscale-inspired data center switching fabric. While data center switching and network monitoring is a primary area of focus, both solutions break down the silos in the data center with open APIs and programmable SDN fabrics, facilitating integration and automation that spans servers and storage to help customers around the world realize the benefits of a truly software-defined data center.

Product Portfolio

Big Switch Networks is at the forefront of the next-generation of networking technologies. By combining industry standard switch hardware (“white box / branded white box “brite box”) with intelligent SDN control software, the company is delivering next-generation data center networking fabrics for the world’s most advanced data centers looking to achieve unmatched degrees of network automation at cloud-competitive price points.

Big Switch Networks has two data center networking solutions: Big Cloud Fabric, a data center switching fabric for OpenStack clouds or VMware virtualization environments, and Big Monitoring Fabric, a network packet broker that enables pervasive security and security, monitoring data center traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments. Big Switch is taking three key technologies: vendor agnostic switch hardware, SDN control software, and core-and-pod data center designs –and leveraging them for use in next-generation data center switching and monitoring solutions designed for use in enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers.

All Big Switch solutions run on high-performance open networking switches from Accton or Dell Technologies and leverage centralized SDN controller software for fabric-wide control and management. Big Switch Networks has two solutions:

Big Cloud™ Fabric

Next-Generation Data Center Switching

Big Cloud Fabric is the next generation data center switching fabric for rapid provisioning, troubleshooting, innovation, and simplified operations. A controller-driven leaf-spine architecture enables scale out pod deployments for physical and virtual workloads, OpenStack private cloud, VMware environments, container environments, Big Data, and VDI.

Big Monitoring™ Fabric

Next-generation Visibility and Security

Big Monitoring Fabric enables pervasive visibility and security of network workloads, selectively delivering them to multiple security, performance and compliance tools—both inline and out-of-band. Network owners can now see and secure every network, VM, container and cloud—and manage, automate, and analyze it all from a single pane interface.

Underlying Technologies

To bring complete solutions to market, Big Switch Networks’ SDN fabrics leverage the company's Switch Light™ network operating system (NOS) in the data plane, sharing the same codebase and operational model across a range of physical hardware platforms and hypervisors. In conjunction with a centralized Big Cloud Fabric or Big Monitoring Fabric SDN controller, Switch Light enables dramatic reductions in the cost of your network operations and eliminates time-consuming, manual procedures by enabling central provisioning, automation and troubleshooting.

The Switch Light OS is an open networking hardware switch OS purpose built for SDN, while the Switch Light VX is a high performance SDN vSwitch for Unified Physical + Virtual solutions for OpenStack deployments.

Open Philosophy

Since inception, Big Switch Networks has been an active member and contributor to a number of open source consortiums. Core to the company's engineering philosophy is a component-based approach, where open source and commercial modules exist side-by-side. When combined with a strong ethos of engineering design, this leads to a higher quality product experience in the near-term, faster innovation in the mid-term and more customer choice in the long-term.

At this time we are active members of three open source communities:

    • OpenStack: The company has participated both as a downstream user of OpenStack, a commercial entity in the OpenStack product ecosystem and as a significant upstream contributor.
    • The Open Compute Project: Big Switch Networks co-sponsored the contribution of ONIE (Open Network Install Environment), and most recently led the contribution of Open Network Linux.
    • The Open Networking Foundation: Big Switch Networks employees have chaired multiple working groups, including the Architecture Working Group and the Technical Advisory Group.

In addition to contributions as a member in large community work, the company has actively contributed to its own open source projects; Project Floodlight® and Project Indigo. To learn more about our Open Philosophy, please visit

More Innovation to Do

Big Switch Networks is disrupting the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, agile and flexible networks for our customers around the world.

We have BIG goals, a world-class leadership team, and we’ve got market momentum (adoption, partnerships and funding) and the market is responding to our vision.

We enable data center transformation and accelerate business velocity by delivering a responsive, automated, and programmable software-defined networking (SDN) fabric-based networking solution.

Join Our Team

The Big Switch team is dedicated to modernizing and simplifying networking. As far as we have come, we see massive opportunities for making data centers more agile, intelligent, and programmable -- which means we are always on the lookout for the best talent.

The market is responding to our value and our vision. We have achieved more than 100% YoY growth and we continue to receive industry accolades for our innovation velocity.

Why Join Big Switch?

  • Consistently ranked as one of the top ten networking startups in the valley.
  • Dedicated to building a great product and company, while having fun.
  • Smart, driven and creative team, in other words: we are game changers.
  • Unique benefits (i.e. on-site amenities including gym, exercise classes, indoor swimming pool, fully-stocked kitchen with catered meals and -- last but not least -- ping-pong).
  • Competitive salary and benefits including generous Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(K) plan; we also contribute to a Health Savings Account.

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Big Switch Networks Photos

Big Switch Networks photo of: Annual BSN holiday toy drive in partnership with non-profit Aiducate Now!
Big Switch Networks photo of: A couple members of Team BSN at Red Hat Summit 2017
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Big Switch Networks photo of: Big Switch founder, Kyle Forster speaking at ONUG Spring 17
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Big Switch Networks photo of: Our "Be Do Share Awesome" mural, on the wall in our HQ, painted by some local students
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Big Switch Networks Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Big Switch Networks (Santa Clara, CA) in August 2016.


    Was referred by current employee. Received call from HR to schedule interview, and also to request a copy of current resume. Met with VP first. HR second. Received offer 4 hours later. Started the following day.

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Big Switch Networks Awards & Accolades

  • Cool Vendor - Enterprise Networking, Gartner, Inc., 2015
  • The 2017 Wealthfront Career-Launching Companies List, Wealthfront, 2016
  • Top 125 Vendors to Watch, InformationWeek, 2016
  • CRN 2016 Emerging Vendor, The Channel Company’s CRN, 2016
  • 2016 Cloud Innovation Award, NetEvents, 2016
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