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Big Switch Labs – Running self-service, on-demand VMware vCenter/ESX and OpenStack based Open SDN Fabric demo environments in AWS and Google Cloud

Author:
Sunit Chauhan
Director, Big Switch Labs

At Big Switch Networks, we are taking key hyperscale data center networking design principles and applying them to fit-for-purpose products for enterprises, cloud providers and service providers. Our Open SDN Fabric products built using bare metal switching hardware and centralized controller software, deliver the simplicity and agility required to run a modern a data center network. Through seamless integration and automation with VMware (vSphere/NSX) and OpenStack cloud management platforms, virtualization and networking teams are now able to achieve 10X operational efficiencies compared to the legacy operating models.

In addition to product innovation, we are also very focused on enabling our customers and partners to learn about the latest technology advances in the networking/SDN industry and make informed decisions without a ton of time-investment. Towards that end, Ravello Systems has been a great partner; enabling us to achieve that goal through Big Switch Labs – an online portal that lets you try VMware or OpenStack Networking real-time, on-demand and for Free!

Big Switch Labs

For the past few months Big Switch Networks has employed Ravello Systems platform to run demos of the Big Cloud Fabric integration with VMware vCenter and OpenStack, exposed through Big Switch Labs. The unique nested virtualization capabilities of Ravello Systems allows us to provision, within few minutes, complete VMware vCenter/ESX and OpenStack demo environments in the public clouds AWS and Google Cloud . The demos are provisioned from blueprints, the term Ravello uses to describe a snapshot of an entire multi virtual machine (VM) application, along with the full specification of the network that interconnects the set of VMs.

To experience modern, highly automated data center networking, check out the following, on-demand modules on Big Switch Labs. These modules include access to the production-grade Cloud Management software, Big Cloud Fabric Controller as well as the simulated physical networking topology:

  • VMware vCenter Integration with Big Cloud Fabric
    Experience the seamless integration of VMware vCenter and Big Cloud Fabric. Users provision virtual distributed switches and port groups in the vSphere Web Interface and observe the automated provisioning of the networking infrastructure from the BCF Controller GUI dashboard.
  • OpenStack Integration with Big Cloud Fabric
    Get hands-on experience with the seamless integration of OpenStack and Big Cloud Fabric (P+V Edition) using Big Switch’s Neutron plugin. Users provision OpenStack projects and networks using the Horizon GUI and observe the automated provisioning of the physical and virtual networking infrastructure from the BCF Controller GUI dashboard. Explore the latest Big Switch enhancements to the OpenStack Horizon dashboard.

I invite you to sign-up and experience the simplicity of managing, provisioning and troubleshooting data center networks in minutes. And yes, its available now and its free!

Sign-up for Big Switch Labs

About Ravello Systems

Ravello is the industry’s leading nested virtualization and software-defined networking SaaS. It enables enterprises to create cloud-based development, test, UAT, integration and staging environments by automatically cloning their VMware-based applications in AWS. Ravello is built by the same team that developed the KVM hypervisor in Linux.

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Big Switch Labs – Running self-service, on-demand VMware vCenter/ESX and OpenStack based Open SDN Fabric demo environments in AWS and Google Cloud