June 20, 2014

Facebook Unveils Open-Source Networking Switch. Sucker Punches Cisco?

In its ongoing quest to expand infrastructure to support the handling and delivery of massive amounts of data in its social network, Facebook announced that it has created its own networking switch and the software to go with it, and makes it available to public.

Facebook's own networking hardware, called Wedge, veers significantly away from the black box operations of networking companies such as Cisco, Juniper and Hewlett-Packard, which all enjoy control of a significant portion of the market. The open-source switch comes embedded with an Intel microserver, making it function like a combined switch and server, while its accompanying Linux-based FBOSS operating system is designed to manage the hardware and keep track of its performance. This, Facebook hopes, will make work easier for network engineers.

Read more at Tech Times.