In its ongoing quest to expand infrastructure to support the handling and delivery of massive amounts of data in its social network, Facebook announced that it has created its own networking switch and the software to go with it, and makes it available to public.
Facebook's own networking hardware, called Wedge, veers significantly away from the black box operations of networking companies such as Cisco, Juniper and Hewlett-Packard, which all enjoy control of a significant portion of the market.
Open-source network switch
The open-source switch comes embedded with an Intel microserver, making it function like a combined switch and server, while its accompanying Linux-based FBOSS operating system is designed to manage the hardware and keep track of its performance. This, Facebook hopes, will make work easier for network engineers.
"We've done this for racks, for the compute part of it, for storage and for other parts of infrastructure but there is this other lingering part, the network," says Jay Parikh, Facebook vice president of infrastructure engineering at the GigaOM Structure conference Wednesday, where Facebook first introduced Wedge. "We were running into just a lot of things that slow us down."
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