Switch Light could be key in enabling OpenFlow startups like Big Switch maintain market momentum as incumbent vendors Cisco, IBM, HP, and others ready the "Daylight" open source controller, which is expected to be unveiled at next month's Open Networking Summit SDN conference in Santa Clara. The goal of Daylight is unclear but clearly one of its objectives is to steer SDN momentum toward incumbent hardware vendors and away from "revolutionaries" like Big Switch and Nicira, which was acquired by Cisco partner-turned-provocateur VMware.
Big Switch is working with Broadcom, and with Accton and Quanta to bring Switch Light to market for merchant silicon and white box switches. Partner Extreme Networks will also support Switch Light.
The source code repositories for both Indigo and the Floodlight controller are available now at www.projectfloodlight.org. Switch Light is currently in early access with customers, and will be available in a limited beta release in June, and generally available in the second half of 2013.
Switch Light will also be available as a free download from bigswitch.com at that time.
Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 25 years, 21 at Network World. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy.
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