Big Switch has rolled an assortment of new software packages aimed at simplifying client networks and helping them handle on-premises and hybrid-cloud data-center development.
The products include a version of its Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) for Amazon Web Services virtual private cloud (VPC) management, adding support for International VPCs (G-VPCs), plus also a cloud-based variant of its Multi-Cloud Director (MCD). VPCs provide the on-demand entry to a pool of shared cloud-computing resources.
Substantial Switch’s flagship BCF applications lets users manage bodily switches as one fabric which includes automation, security, orchestration and analytics. BCF can run on a number of certified switches from Dell EMC, HPE and others. In addition, BCF Controller natively supports integration with various Cloud Management Platforms such as VMware (vSphere, NSX Manager, vSAN) and OpenStack. BCF also supports container orchestrators such as Kubernetes, all via a single interface.
“We think that traditional networking is complicated but that networking in the cloud is simpler using technology like VPCs, and also what we are doing is bringing cloud-networking principles to on-prem along with the information centre,” said Prashant Gandhi, chief product officer for Big change.
Using BCF for AWS customers can discover, decide configurations and purge all of VPCs and workloads configured in AWS, Gandhi said.
“One of the advantages to BCF for AWS is that lots of customers deploying workloads in clouds do not know everything that is being run or shared in the cloud — we could discover those shadow IT networks and also help IT get a handle on them,” Gandhi said. “We aren’t seeking to become combative nor remove shadow IT systems. Instead we are looking to help customers flag them and ensure policies and governance are being properly deployed.”
Additionally, Gandhi said Big Switch expects to encourage AWS extensions for example its Outposts service declared last November. AWS Outposts ties together AWS along with VMware technology to help clients build and support hybrid clouds.
The service lets users pick between on-premises storage and servers, which they may purchase in quarter, half and full rack units. Outposts can be updated with the latest hardware and next-generation cases to run all native AWS and VMware applications, AWS stated.
A second version, VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts, lets customers use the VMware control airplane and APIs to run the hybrid environment.
Together with BCF for AWS, IT would be able to handle Outposts’ VPCs and expand IT governance. BCF for AWS is currently available on the AWS Marketplace. A free version with fundamental support is available and a more advanced paid edition.
Taking the idea behind VPCs further, added support for what it requires a worldwide VPCs (G-VPCs). “Inspired by Google Cloud’s globally-relevant VPC, BCF extends the G-VPC across data centers, border clouds and several public clouds,” Big Switch stated.
G-VPCs fully abstract the underlying infrastructure and supply a single API interface to globally deploy and manage hybrid-cloud services. Enterprises benefit greatly from G-VPCs because they can instantiate tenants across hybrid , no matter underlying network variations, Gandhi said.
G-VPC is an expansion of Big Switch’s Enterprise VPC (E-VPC) which offers connectivity in on-prem or data-center cloud services but not over hybrid-cloud environments.
Substantial Switch also said it was incorporating the available source Terraform cloud-automation tool to increase the installation of VPCs and G-VPCs across customer hybrid clouds.
Gandhi said the expansion will help customers manage hybrid-cloud environments by allowing them to be connected worldwide. “Google Cloud has VPC implemented globally — public clouds normally have different areas and VPCs are neighborhood — but G-VPC will allow our customers have a logical connection across people and on-prem workloads letting them have one dashboard controlling security and troubleshooting.”
The company also declared a cloud-based service version of its Multi-Cloud Director-Cloud Service (MCD-CS). MCD is currently available for on-prem. The cloud version of the system lets users handle all BCF implementations from 1 area. By way of instance, clients are now able to handle capacity planning, generate automatic safety alerts and program updates all from a single location, the company stated.
With these announcements Big Switch is hoping to speak to the customer issue of addressing data-center networking at a world increasingly characterized by multicloud, said Brad Casemore, IDC research vice president, Data Center Networks.
“As cloud gets not only a destination for workloads but also an operating system, and as partnerships adopt multicloud, the data centre is no more an on-premises entity. On the contrary, it’s increasingly distributed, not just on-premises, but also at colocation facilities and several public clouds,” he said. “In redrawing the boundaries of this datacenter, cloud has also redefined the data centre network. And network operators will need to get their arms around it.”
This is why Cisco, VMware, Juniper, Big Switch and others are expanding their data-center SDN platforms to provide consistent security and network policies across distributed multicloud environments, Casemore said.
“It is why you are seeing these sellers put so much emphasis on the reduction of complexity,” Casemore said. “Multicloud, and media for multicloud, is inherently complicated, and enterprises need to discover options that simplify the challenge. After all, complexity is the enemy of agility.”
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