Big Switch Networks and Management Software Platform, the Cloud-First Networking company today announced it will showcase its Cloud-First Networking (CFN) portfolio, ideal for the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC), at Booth #1622 at VMworld U.S., August 26th - 30th, 2018.
Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) extends its recently announced Enterprise Virtual Private Cloud (EVPC), an AWS VPC-style logical networking construct for on-prem enterprise cloud, to the VMware SDDC portfolio, including vSphere 6.7, NSX-T and vSAN. At VMworld, Big Switch will demonstrate:
BCF EVPC support for VMware NSX-T, for enhanced visibility and troubleshooting, the demo will focus on NSX-T Manager interactions for transport nodes and VM visibility and tracing GENEVE Tunnel traffic through underlay fabric for rapid troubleshooting
BCF EVPC support for VMware vSAN visibility
BCF EVPC support for network automation and visibility for VMware vSphere 6.7
Big Switch will also demo data center visibility and security, via Big Monitoring Fabric (BMF), for dynamic VM monitoring, including:
BMF support for vSphere 6.7 to monitor VM-to-VM traffic for security and visibility
BMF vCenter plug-in for point and click configuration of SPAN and ERSPAN for rapid Virtual Machine (VM) troubleshooting and remediation
"As organizations adopt SDDC technologies, our deepening partnership with VMware offers mutual customers improvements in agility, as well as operational and cost efficiencies of enterprise cloud networks," said Prashant Gandhi, Chief Product Officer, Big Switch Networks. "With BCF’s EVPC-based logical networking extended to VMware's vSphere, NSX or vSAN, organizations can run their physical networks at the same pace as their virtualized environments, while dramatically simplifying operational workflows."
Big Switch’s CFN portfolio includes: BCF-EC for data center switching, BMF-EC for network analytics and monitoring, and Multi-Cloud Director, for consistent management and operations across on-prem, public-cloud and across on-prem/in-cloud combinations of networking and monitoring fabrics. The CFN portfolio offers best-in-class economics, automation, visibility and cross-cloud administration with VMware’s SDDC portfolio, via seamless interoperability with: VMware vSphere®, VMware NSX®, VMware vSAN™, VMware Horizon®, VMware vCloud® NFV™, VMware Integrated OpenStack, vRealize Log Insight, and VMware vSphere Integrated Containers™. The CFN portfolio is the ideal physical network underlay for the VMware SDDC.
"We are pleased to see Big Switch deliver further interoperability and deeper visibility with multiple VMware solutions to help accelerate production deployments of the software-defined data center. By providing additional automation of the physical network, Big Cloud Fabric-Enterprise Cloud enables our mutual customers to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy applications," said Kristen Edwards, director, Technology Alliance Partner Program, VMware."Additionally, consistent visibility across physical network and virtualization environments is an important benefit that helps IT teams resolve issues faster."
BCF is an ideal physical network for the VMware SDDC, delivering unprecedented automation and visibility for vSphere, NSX and vSAN use cases. The BCF support for VMware SDDC is extremely flexible, allowing organizations to adopt physical network innovations aligned with their organizational structure. Both network and cloud teams are able to take advantage of rich automation and visibility options incrementally, or all at once. BCF abstracts the underlying switching fabric as tenant-based VPCs (Enterprise VPC), with open switches and a centralized controller, providing seamless EVPC interoperability with the VMware vCenter API, to provide physical network automation and end to end network visibility for all VMware vSphere based solutions, including:
VMware vSphere: the BCF controller directly integrates into VMware vCenter to simplify and automate application deployments on its physical network fabric; it also provides real-time visibility across both virtual and physical networks, including VMs, port groups, hosts and pNICs.
VMware NSX: BCF seamlessly supports VMware NSX, providing automatic transport-network provisioning and enhanced overlay visibility to network administrators, including NSX VMs, host (or transport) nodes, logical switches and Geneve tunnels; BCF also provides one-click troubleshooting across of Geneve overlay traffic across the leaf-spine underlay fabric
VMware vSAN environments: BCF enables rapid vSAN deployments with automatic configuration of cluster networking. BCF’s vSAN-aware deployment tools simplify rollout and management, while a dedicated vSAN dashboard in Fabric Analytics provides real time & historical views of cluster events for rapid troubleshooting. Big Switch also supports VxRail deployments with Dell EMC hardware.
BCF-EC is the only networking fabric to support multi-orchestration (e.g. vSphere, NSX, Openstack, Kubernetes) environments via a Logical EVPC architecture, which enables multiple orchestrators to operate within logically isolated domains while sharing a common physical networking fabric. Logical EVPC is ideal for use cases such as rapid CI/CD driven application deployments, multi-tenant managed service environments to support varied customer workloads, and dev/test private clouds. By eliminating the need for dedicated infrastructure per orchestrator, BCF's EVPC provides an order of magnitude acceleration in application deployment and service enablement. As with server consolidation, BCF EVPCs offers single physical network consolidation for many different private cloud orchestrators.