Cisco-threatening open switch coming from Facebook, Intel, and Broadcom

Facebook and friends try to replace proprietary network hardware. Cisco Nexus switches. pchow98 Six months ago, Facebook announced that its Open Compute Project (OCP) would develop a top-of-rack switch that could boot nearly any type of networking software. With the help of Intel, Broadcom, and others, the consortium devoted to open hardware specifications would develop a rival ...

Survey: SDN benefits unclear to enterprise network managers

Organizations face many challenges as they work to manage and transition their data center networks to support emerging IT trends. Right now, the biggest impact on networking in the data center is the strong adoption of server virtualization; the networking industry has struggled to deliver products that rapidly, easily, and securely support the creation and ...

Are there alternatives to the OpenFlow protocol?

Are there alternatives to the OpenFlow protocol? What other languages protocols can be used southbound from a controller? OpenFlow, the most famous and talked-about southbound protocol, is used for communication between a controller and a switch. An important point to remember is that the OpenFlow protocol is used only to gain remote control of the forwarding tables ...

Meet Facebook’s new network architecture: it’s a fabric

This was posted originally on Gigaom. SUMMARY:Facebook experiences 1,000 times more traffic inside its data centers than it sends to and receives from outside users. That traffic growth has prompted the social network to design a fabric networking architecture. Facebook, in its quest to serve its more than 1 billion users, has redesigned its network ...

Software is important to networking, and Juniper is on it

SUMMARY:As more data centers become virtualized, networks aren’t keeping up with compute and storage, preventing easy scalability. Juniper wants to help solve the problem with software, while keeping its hardware relevant. As software-defined networking (SDN) startups such as Big Switch and Embrane make headway and headlines, Juniper and other big network gear vendors have been ...

Heck yeah! Facebook’s Open Compute Project is making an open source switch

  photo: Stacey Higginbotham SUMMARY:Not content with open sourcing the server and storage hardware inside data centers, Facebook’s Open Compute Project has teamed up with others to build an open source top of rack switch. Here’s why it matters. The Open Compute Project, which Facebook launched a little more than two years ago, has decided ...

Facebook aims to knock Cisco down a peg with open network hardware

Facebook’s Open Compute Project to give the world an “open” top-of-rack switch. Facebook already designs its own servers and racks. Next up, Facebook and friends will design switches to compete against Cisco. Facebook Two years ago, Facebook set out to change the server and storage industries by creating freely available hardware designs that gave customers ...

4 networking startups to watch: Open Networking Summit edition

Hype and excitement still surround software-defined networking (SDN). For evidence, look no further than the continuing disagreement on the definition of SDN. Yet, surprisingly, there were few startups at this year’s Open Networking Summit, which wrapped up Wednesday. But a few on the exhibition floor are worth writing home about. One Convergence, based in Santa Clara, ...