SDN Ongoing Growth Affirmed as Big Switch Networks Secures Financing

By Rory J. Thompson January 20, 2016

One of the biggest ‘buzzes’ going on in technology these days is the rise of SDN, or software defined networking. That buzz was affirmed yet again recently as Big Switch Networks, a leader in bringing hyperscale-inspired networking to data centers worldwide, announced it had closed its most recent Series C round and raised $48.5 million in total-growth financing.

The news is especially welcomed by those directly involved in the SDN industry. Midokura, an early pioneer in the SDN/network virtualization space, is one of those that will stand to benefit from the news.

"We're excited to hear about Big Switch Network’s funding news,” noted Adam Johnson, VP of Business at Midokura. “Startups in the networking, and specifically network virtualization space, are seeing some very positive traction with customers. What’s more, strong partnerships, such as Dell Open Networking, have also proven to be a very positive factor for both Big Switch and Midokura. This new funding round shows there's still investor appetite for innovative networking startup companies who are gaining strong momentum with customers.”

The financing for Big Switch comes as the company continues to drive adoption, including more than 300 percent growth in 2015, with customer wins across the U.S., APAC and EMEA regions, in verticals including tech, financial services, government, service providers, and higher education. The company has two products and three use cases, which have played a critical part in its growth, including accelerated adoption with Enterprise and Carrier customers of both Big Monitoring Fabric, a next-generation network monitoring fabric, as well as Big Cloud Fabric, the industry’s first data center fabric built using whitebox or britebox switches and SDN controller technology.

For its part, Midokura continues to stretch and expand in the field as well. At next week’s NFV and SDN Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (held in conjunction with the industry leading ITEXPO), Midokura will be well represented. Company Systems Engineer Cynthia Thomas is slated to speak on “NFV--The Low Hanging Fruit” a steeplechase-type session in which she will explore several use cases, the economics behind adoption, and a variety of other NFV topics. Appearing with her on the panel will be M.H. Raza, founder and CEO of Fiber Mountain.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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