“Cloud-first” networking solutions vendor Big Switch Networks has launched its new portfolio of hybrid cloud networking products and features. This includes: Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) for AWS VPC management; the introduction of Global VPCs (G-VPCs); and a cloud-based service of Big Switch’s Multi-Cloud Director (MCD). These solutions would address the challenges presented by hybrid environments and shadow IT, including lack of operational consistency, visibility and governance.
Big Cloud Fabric Controller for AWS Public Cloud (BCF for AWS) addresses the growing need for enterprise IT to manage and control shadow IT. This would enable IT organizations with full visibility and control of AWS VPCs including discovery, visualization, and troubleshooting VPCs across multiple user accounts.
The BCF capabilities would offer an “easy-to-deploy, cost-effective” management approach for enterprise networking teams whose responsibilities extend into AWS Cloud, while ensuring operational consistency and compliance in a NetOps, CloudOps, DevOps multi-team environment. BCF for AWS is available via Amazon Marketplace, as both a free and premium version.
Global VPCs (G-VPCs), for Hybrid Cloud Network-as-a-Service
Public cloud VPC/VNet and Big Switch’s E-VPC would simplify networking for each environment, but not across hybrid cloud. To address this, Big Switch is introducing a new technology, a Global VPC, to enable multi-tenant Networking-as-a-Service across hybrid cloud.
Inspired by Google Cloud’s globally relevant VPC, Big Switch’s BCF extends the G-VPC across all deployments: data centers, edge clouds and multiple public clouds. G-VPCs fully abstract the underlying infrastructure and provide 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 cloud, regardless of underlying network variations.
Multi-Cloud-Director – Cloud Service, for Hybrid Cloud Management
Big Switch is announcing a new cloud-based service version of its Multi-Cloud Director – Cloud Service (MCD-CS). With MCD-CS, IT teams can securely access and operate all of their BCF deployments from MCD’s multi-tenant cloud dashboard, anywhere and at any time.
MCD-CS enables Big Switch to provide IT organizations with hybrid cloud intelligence including optimal capacity planning, design best practices, automatic security alerts, scheduled upgrades and infrastructure consistency, while ensuring a common governance model through built-in role-based access control.
Automated Deployment VPCs and G-VPCs
Big Switch is leveraging Terraform, an open-source cloud automation tool, to automatically deploy VPCs and G-VPCs across hybrid cloud. Unlike on-prem-only tools, Terraform would allow hybrid cloud infrastructure to be expressed as code blueprint, which can be versioned, shared and/or reused for safe and efficient change management with minimum admin interaction.
AWS Outposts – Expected Synergies
As public cloud providers extend their infrastructure to on-prem data centers through solutions such as AWS Outposts, Big Switch’s Cloud-First Networking portfolio would be ideally suited for these data centers acting as hybrid clouds.
With BCF for AWS, IT would be able to manage Outposts’ VPCs and extend IT governance, with the assumption that Outposts will be an extension of AWS and will support AWS Marketplace solutions. MCD and MCD-CS provide a single dashboard for managing BCF E-VPCs and G-VPCs on-prem, in AWS and on Outposts.