Excel partners with Big Switch Networks

IT infrastructure specialist Excel I.T. has joined Big Switch Networks’ Big Partner Program.

The partnership further strengthens Excel’s ability to deliver market-leading next-generation network solutions.

By combining Big Switch Networks’ innovative software with bare metal and open hardware, Excel delivers SDN solutions which drive unprecedented levels of business agility, scalability and total cost of ownership.

Excel Chief Executive Officer Barry Horgan said: “Next-generation networking has already transformed the way hyperscale data centre operators design and operate their data centres.

“By harnessing our own network expertise in partnership with leading innovators like Big Switch Networks, Excel is committed to bringing these same advantages of open networking to the wider enterprise community which we serve.”

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Big Cloud Fabric™ is a datacentre fabric built using open networking switches and SDN controller technology. Big Cloud Fabric™ solutions are designed to transform the management and optimization of legacy data centre, as well as to underpin the next generation of ‘east-west’ hyperscale facilities.

The Big Partner Program, alongside the opening of new UK offices, marks the start of a much broader go-to-market strategy by Big Switch Networks.

Big Switch solutions have technically been available in the UK for some time, via an established partnership with Dell, which sells Big Cloud Fabric™ as an option on its 1/10GbE and 10/40GbE Open Networking switch lines.

But critically, Big Cloud Fabric™ also runs on industry standard whitebox switching systems such as those from Edgecore, HPE and Dell EMC, ensuring maximum flexibility for enterprise-level network owners.

The Big Partner Program enables data centre networking specialists like Excel to deploy the broadest range of software-defined network (SDN) options to organisations at the vanguard of SDN and network function virtualisation (NFV) adoption.

These include customers across sectors including financial services, technology, manufacturing, higher education, public sector and communications service.