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Facebook’s hardware VP says we’re very close to open source switches

on November 12, 2013

Gigaom

Six months ago, the Facebook-led Open Compute Project shared its plans to work with networking vendors on creating an open source top-of-rack switch, and now that mission is almost complete. According to a blog post by Frank Frankovsky, chairman and president of the Open Compute Project and VP of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook, the organization is set to vote on and likely approve four specifications soon.

The idea of creating an open source switch is a natural expansion of the OCP’s original mission of creating open source servers and its subsequent evolution into open source storage-system designs. The organization’s members — Facebook probably chief among them — want to see gear that’s designed to handle the physical realities of a webscale data center (e.g., around power and density) but also that lets them innovate however they see fit on the software side. If they’re buying into…

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