Interop: Big Switch Networks Joins OpenStack Cloud Community

OpenFlow Company to Work With the OpenStack Community to Enable Networking-as-a-Service

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PALO ALTO, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2011) - Today at Interop New York, Big Switch Networks, an OpenFlow company bringing the benefits of virtualization and cloud architecture to enterprise networks, announced its participation in OpenStack™, an open source community with a mission to establish the open standard cloud operating system.

Founded with source code contributions from NASA and Rackspace® Hosting and the support of 20 organizations, OpenStack has grown to be a global community of technologists, developers, researchers, cloud computing experts and more than 110 organizations collaborating on massively scalable open source software used to build private and public clouds.

"There is a growing demand from enterprises for technology solutions built on OpenStack, and it's exciting to see companies like Big Switch Networks join the community," said Mark Collier, VP, Rackspace Cloud Builders. "Enabling Networking-as-a-Service and bringing the expertise of OpenFlow supports the OpenStack mission to build the industry standard cloud operating system."

Big Switch Networks will work with the OpenStack community to enable Networking-as-a-Service using its OpenFlow technology. The company will release an open source version of its OpenFlow Controller compatible with the OpenStack architecture and participate in the design of OpenStack's networking technology.

"Software-defined networking is quickly growing in importance in the OpenStack community, and it's an essential part of cloud computing," said Kyle Forster, Big Switch Networks Co-Founder. "As an open networking architecture, we see OpenFlow as a perfect complement to OpenStack, and we're excited to get involved with the project."

Big Switch Networks is at the OpenStack Design Summit and Conference in Boston this week. For more on OpenStack, visit:

About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks was founded in 2010 to bring the benefits of virtualization and cloud architecture to enterprise networks using OpenFlow. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit:

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