Facebook also switches and announced the top-of-rack switch called Wedge and equipped with its own Linux-based FBOSS operating system.
The undisputed leader of social networks also wants to have a say in the data center network infrastructure sector. The first prototypes are already ready
By Fabio Bossi
During the recent Gigaom Structure Conference, held in San Francisco at the end of June, the company of Mark Zuckeberg announced that it had concluded, under the Open Compute Project (OCP), the development of the top-of-rack switch called Wedge and equipped with its own operating system, FBOSS, obviously based on Linux. The design of the switch was attended by companies of the caliber of Broadcom, Intel, Mellanox and Accton, while Cumulus Networks and Big Switch Networks contributed to the creation of the software part. The project of the new switch, of which some prototypes have already been put to work in the Facebook datacenter, it will be made available with an open source license by the end of the year, if everything goes as planned, and therefore it can also be adopted by other companies that do not have the resources necessary to develop their own systems. The SDN philosophy (Software Designed Networking ) of the Wedge switch provides for the separation of hardware and software in order to make the device more flexible, scalable and efficient. Equipped with 16 40 Gigabit / s moon Ethernet ports, expandable up to 32, the Wedge switch includes two power supplies in one chassis, one standard Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) with network interfaces and a microserver, specifically based on of a Group Hug card always realized within the Open Compute project. All the components of the switch, as well as its chassis, can be replaced with elements sized according to different needs, thanks to its modular design.