About Big Switch Networks

Big Switch’s mission is to disrupt the status quo of networking with order of magnitude improvements in network intelligence, agility, and flexibility by delivering Next-Generation Data Center Networking.

Company Mission

We enable data center transformation and accelerate business velocity by delivering a responsive, automated, and programmable software-defined networking (SDN) fabric-based networking solution. Traditionally, the network has been viewed as the barrier to data center transformation as legacy networking architectures hinder IT organizations with brittle, complex and cumbersome switch-by-switch management paradigms and inflexible, proprietary hardware choices that are increasingly unable to keep up with the pace required of businesses today.

From its inception, innovation velocity has been a pillar of Big Switch Networks core principles, with the company consistently delivering differentiated solutions and features to meet the requirements of the most agile and innovative customers.

The data center is no longer infrastructure-centric, but rather a fast moving, fast growing distributed-application environment. By harnessing the power of software-defined networking technology and coupling it with industry standard hardware, Big Switch Networks advances business competitiveness with an agile, flexible, intelligent and secure solution so IT organizations can experience a true Next-Generation Data Center Network.

Company Background

Big Switch Networks was founded in 2010, with roots in the original Stanford research team that invented software-defined Networking (SDN), and the company is widely considered one of the original pioneers of SDN. In 2013 the company made available its first commercial product, Big Monitoring Fabric™ for network visibility and security and in 2014 the company released Big Cloud Fabric™, a hyperscale-inspired data center switching fabric. While data center switching and network monitoring is a primary area of focus, both solutions break down the silos in the data center with open APIs and programmable SDN fabrics, facilitating integration and automation that spans servers and storage to help customers around the world realize the benefits of a truly software-defined data center.


Douglas Murray - CEO

Doug joined Big Switch in 2013 and guides the company as its Next-Generation Data Center Networking products take mindshare and marketshare in a rapidly growing market. A seasoned general manager with broad networking expertise, Doug was most recently at Juniper Networks where he was SVP of Juniper’s $1B business across Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China. Before APAC, he served as SVP & GM of Juniper’s Security business unit. Prior to Juniper, Doug held executive positions at Extreme Networks, Sun Microsystems and AT&T. In board roles, he has helped guide early stage companies to success including Altor Networks (acquired by Juniper in 2010) and FireEye (IPO in 2013). He holds a BA in History from Colgate University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and has completed Executive Education in Leadership at Columbia University.

Douglas Murray

Kyle Forster - Co-Founder

Kyle has been with Big Switch since inception and has worn many hats as the company has evolved. Prior to Big Switch, Kyle spent most of his career at Cisco, initially as the technical assistant to SVP Mike Volpi and later as a Product Manager in the cellular and wifi business units. He launched three v1.0 products in wireless and security and finished his time there managing a ~$100 million portfolio of Cisco’s WLAN Controllers. In between Cisco and Big Switch Networks, he was VP of Product Management at Joost, a peer-to-peer TV-over-the-Internet company from the founders of Skype. He started his career at eBusiness consulting company Scient, first as a java developer and later engineering manager and co-founder of the wireless practice. He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton, a MS in Computer Science and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kyle Forster

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