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The Open Compute Project got a big boost of momentum this week, as Apple, Cisco, and Juniper Networks joined as surprising new members, and as HP launched a new line of servers using the open source hardware approach. Add to that an Intel chip specially designed for commodity servers, and some new switching gear, and you can see growing support for Open Compute as it convened its annual summit in San Jose Monday.
Juniper has designed its own version of Facebook’s Ethernet switch, the Wedge, in what could become a major headache for Cisco. The new product, the design of which will be given away for free through Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP), has the potential to shake up the $23 billion Ethernet switch market. The OCP allows anyone to design and build their own computer hardware and the Wedge could even popularise a new way of designing networks called software-defined networking (SDN).
Cisco has joined the Open Compute Project, a Facebook-driven effort to develop open source servers and switches, 16 months after criticizing it. At that time, Cisco CEO John Chambers said OCP has “weaknesses” that Cisco can exploit. Chambers said efforts like Facebook’s to commoditize and wring cost out of hardware purchases will open up opportunities for Cisco to provide solutions that are better tailored to specific customer needs:
Facebook’s Open Compute project, which is working on open source servers and switches, will be limited by “weaknesses” in scope that Cisco can exploit, CEO John Chambers said this week. Check this article from PCWorld.com. In an exclusive interview with Network World when he also touched on the consumer market and EMC alliance, Chambers said efforts like Facebook’s to commoditize and wring cost out of hardware purchases will open up opportunities for Cisco to provide solutions that are better tailored to specific customer needs.
Two years ago, Facebook set out to change the server and storage industries by creating freely available hardware designs that gave customers more flexibility than those on offer from the HPs and Dells of the world. Now, Facebook aims to knock Cisco and the other top network vendors down a peg by leading a nearly identical project for switches. Facebook is leading this disruption of the data center hardware industry through the Open Compute Project, which takes the open source approach typically applied to software such as Linux and aims it at hardware.