Big Switch Networks Secures $13.75M in Series A Financing

Big Switch Networks, a Palo Alto, CA-based new company building a virtualization and cloud architecture platform for enterprise networks, secured $13.75m in a Series A financing.
The round was led by Index Ventures and Khosla Ventures, with participation from angel investor Charlie Giancarlo, Former CDO of Cisco.
Big Switch Networks also announced that it has joined the newly formed Open Network Foundation, a nonprofit group that focuses on promoting OpenFlow and other Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies as a way to speed innovation in the networking industry. OpenFlow is a standard protocol that provides owners and operators better control over their networks and the ability to optimize their behavior.
In conjunction withe funding, Mark Leslie, Former CEO of Veritas, Bill Meehan, Raccoon Partners Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Director Emeritus at McKinsey and Co., Shirish Sathaye, Partner at Khosla Ventures and Mike Volpi, Partner at Index Ventures, joined co-founders Guido Appenzeller, CEO, and Kyle Forster, VP of Sales and Marketing, on Big Switch Networks’ board of directors.

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  • Big Switch Networks’s Controller, which is based on OpenFlow and virtualizes the network in the enterprise data center, has moved into private beta.
    Controller is designed to allow individual users and applications to take control of different parts of the same network, creating a multi-tenancy model for managing enterprise networks. Each of these internal tenants then manage their own software-defined network rather than managing the underlying physical network and operate each one of these virtual networks like one big virtual switch.



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