Category Archives: Wedge

Facebook launches 6-pack, an open-source switch for moving your data around its network

Facebook-6pack-modular-switchFacebook is announcing today that it’s constructed another key hardware component to run the networks in its data centers exactly the way it wants to. Dubbed 6-pack, Facebook’s new homebrewed modular switch brings together connections to lots of Facebook-built Wedge switches, which in turn connect to servers sitting in racks inside Facebook’s server farms.

http://venturebeat.com/2015/02/11/facebook-launches-6-pack-a-modular-switch-for-moving-your-data-around-its-network-faster/

Facebook in Production Testing of Open ‘Wedge’ Switch

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Hot Interconnects — Facebook is in production testing of its open Wedge switch design, and is on track to contribute the design and software to the Open Compute Project. Wedge is a “top-of-rack” (small, simple, low-cost) switch with 16 (or 32) 40Gbit/s Ethernet ports, designed to be the “first building block” of the “Facebook disaggregated switching technology,” according to a presentation here by Facebook Network Architect Yuval Bachar.

http://www.lightreading.com/carrier-sdn/sdn-technology/facebook-in-production-testing-of-open-wedge-switch/d/d-id/710527

Why Facebook Wedge Is Revolutionary

Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP) switch, code-named Wedge, likely won’t displace entrenched networking vendors like Cisco. But here’s why it will be revolutionary: It addresses the need for application-specific networking. Wedge uses commodity hardware in the form of a microserver plus an open-source operating system code-named FBOSS. Wedge and FBOSS  give networking teams the flexibility to create custom switching platforms for specific uses, from both the hardware and software aspects.

http://www.networkcomputing.com/networking/why-facebook-wedge-is-revolutionary/a/d-id/1297318