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Big Switch Networks Named as AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Company for 2014

Hyperscale Networking Technology Innovator Nominated by Leading Investors and Entrepreneurial Champions

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/18/14 -- Big Switch Networks announced today it was chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. The AlwaysOn Global 250 honors technology companies that not only demonstrate leadership among peers, but are most likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players in the global Silicon Valley. Big Switch was specifically selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and global industry experts based on five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value and media buzz.

"It's an honor and another validation point for us to hear that the technology we've built is recognized by our peers and insiders as disruptive, and we're delighted to be a part of this year's AlwaysOn Global 250 list," said Kyle Forster, co-founder, Big Switch Networks. "Awards like this are helping us bring hyperscale networking technologies and designs to a broader community."

"Big Switch Networks is among the next generation of hardware and software solutions that are making it possible for businesses to become even more efficient and profitable," says Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. "More legacy industries are being redefined by the innovation community, making the companies on this year's AlwaysOn Global 250 the highest-growth opportunities in today's private company marketplace."

The AlwaysOn Global 250 award is one of four awards Big Switch Networks has been recognized for in the past two months. The company was named to Computer Reseller News' (CRN) annual list of the top 50 virtualization vendors, as a Top 100 Private Company by AlwaysOn for Second Consecutive Year, and as a MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Innovation Showcase Finalist.

The AlwaysOn Global 250 winners were selected from among thousands of domestic and international technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists, and industry insiders including partners at Morgan Stanley, KPMG, GSV Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners, Khosla Ventures, Accel Ventures, Bridge Bank, Venrock, FirstMark Capital, Doll Capital Management, Benchmark Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Mayfield Fund, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bessemer Venture Partners, Intel Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, InterWest Partners, Qualcomm, Sequoia, and industry experts identified their best private technology startups to select the top 250 private companies in AlwaysOn's most distinguished annual competition. A full list of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners can be found on the AlwaysOn website.

For additional information, email [email protected], follow @bigswitch or visit www.bigswitch.com.

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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. For additional information, email [email protected], follow @bigswitch or visit www.bigswitch.com.

Big Switch Networks, Big Tap, Switch Light, 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 AlwaysOn

AlwaysOn is the leading business media brand connecting and informing the entrepreneurial community in the Global Silicon Valley. Founded by Red Herring founding editor, Tony Perkins in 2003, AlwaysOn's mission is to continue to lead the industry by empowering its readers, event participants, sponsors, bloggers, and advertisers like no other media brand.

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