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MENLO PARK, Calif. – The Open Compute network switch is moving closer to reality. Broadcom, Intel and Mellanox have each submitted specifications for a top-of-rack switch to the Open Compute Project, and were on hand at Facebook headquarters Monday to promote their contributions to the open-source hardware initiative.
Facebook is a classic example of an exponentially growing business with extreme scale IT needs that cannot do things in the data center the way traditional large enterprises do. It would go broke if it did. Or more precisely, it might have never gotten outside of Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room. Facebook’s software and the infrastructure on which it runs are literally the business. The company has been relentless in hacking all parts of its stack, from PHP compilers down to servers and out to data center designs.
In part one of this Q&A with Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations, and Facebook’s Najam Ahmad, director of technical operations, we explored how the Open Compute Project’s open source switch will allow users to run any OS they see fit on open hardware. In part two of our conversation with Facebook, TechTarget explores how the Open Compute switch will affect the software-defined networking industry. Facebook also reveals that theOpen Networking Foundation had urged Open Compute to start the switch project.