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Big Switch Networks' Douglas Murray Recognized by CRN

CRN's Annual Top 100 List Recognizes Leaders Among Channel-Friendly Tech Businesses

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/18/14 -- Big Switch Networks, the leader in software defined networking, announced today that Douglas Murray has been named to the prestigious 2014 CRN Top 100 list in the category of "Top 25 Disruptors." CRN's annual list salutes the key players who continue to shape the way the channel does business. These 100 leaders, hand-picked by the CRN Editorial staff, represent the top influencers, sales leaders, innovators and disruptors in the IT channel.

CRN's list is based on feedback gathered from technology solution providers throughout the year by CRN editors with rankings reflecting each company's channel influence, effectiveness, and visibility, along with its business and sales impact on the IT channel. Among the criteria considered are channel sales volume, channel investment and resources, channel advocacy, and performance in research projects conducted by The Channel Company's CRN Intelligence research arm, including its esteemed Annual Report Card and Channel Champions reports.

Doug and his team at Big Switch build software defined networking (SDN) software that runs with bare metal and open network switches. The company takes key hyperscale networking design principles and applies them to fit-for-purpose products for enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers looking to achieve high degrees of network automation at cloud-competitive price points. In July, the company launched Big tap 4.0 as well as Big Cloud Fabric, the world's first data center bare metal SDN fabric. Details can be found here.

"It's a great honor to be recognized by CRN," said Douglas Murray, CEO of Big Switch Networks. "This acknowledgement is a testament to the hard work of our team. We are building a company that pushes the boundaries of hyperscale networking and delivering innovation to the channel."

"The CRN Top 100 list is the 'Who's Who' of the IT channel," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. "Each individual on this list has left an indelible stamp on the IT channel this year. Some are industry veterans with innovative leadership styles. Others are rising stars who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the channel. All deserve recognition for helping push the channel forward toward new market opportunities."

The CRN Top 100 honorees will be featured in the August issue of CRN, the top news source for solution providers and the IT channel, and will be available online at

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About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the market leader in bringing hyperscale data center networking technologies to a broader audience. The company is taking three key hyperscale technologies -- OEM/ODM bare metal and open Ethernet switch hardware, sophisticated SDN control software, and core-and-pod data center designs -- and leveraging them in fit-for-purpose products designed for use in enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers. The company's Big Tap Monitoring Fabric is an entry level solution to monitor existing networks, and the flagship Big Cloud Fabric is the industry's most advanced bare metal switching fabric intended for new data center pods such as private cloud, big data, and VDI. For additional information, email [email protected], follow @bigswitch, or visit

Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Tap, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light vSwitch are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at

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