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Big Switch Raises $13.75M

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Big Switch Networks, a new company building a platform to bring the benefits of virtualization and cloud architecture to enterprise networks, announced today that it secured $13.75 million in a Series A financing, led by Index Ventures and Khosla Ventures.

Big Switch Networks also announced that it has joined the newly formed ONF, a nonprofit group focused on promoting OpenFlow and other Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies as a way to speed innovation in the networking industry. OpenFlow is a standard protocol that enables networks to evolve more rapidly by giving owners and operators better control over their networks and the ability to optimize network behavior.

"Enterprise networking is exciting again. We're seeing new customer problems that aren't well addressed with traditional networking technologies and changes in the large IT suppliers that are creating opportunities for startups like Big Switch Networks," said Mike Volpi, Partner at Index Ventures and Former SVP/GM of the Routing Technology Group at Cisco.

"Just when everyone thought that networking was getting boring and commoditized, Big Switch Networks comes along! Virtualization is now coming to the network layer," said Charlie Giancarlo, Former Chief Development Officer of Cisco and Angel Investor in Big Switch Networks.

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