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Facebook Unveils Wedge Open-Source Network Switch
Facebook Unveils Wedge Open-Source Network Switch
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20
2014



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"For example, using a central controller, we can now find the optimal network path for data at the edges of the network. By doing so, we've managed to boost the utilization of edge network resources to more than 90 percent, while serving Facebook traffic without a backlog of packets."

Because FBoss is customized just for Facebook, the company will mainly open-source the Wedge hardware design and just some of the core FBoss components for control, the company said. Several software-defined networking start-ups have already expressed interest in implementing the design into a complete off-the-shelf package.

Cisco, for its part, said it wasn't worried by open-source projects like Facebook's Wedge.

"That’s because the approach is loaded with hidden hard and operational costs," a Cisco spokesperson told Barron's in an e-mail. "For example, networking capital equipment outlays typically constitute only 30 percent of the cost of running networks. Labor costs constitute 50 percent, and will increase with the white box approach."

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