posted at 23:50
Author: Julie Bort, Business Insider
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 07:21:53 +0000
Facebook just gained a big ally in its battle with Cisco
Last summer, an organization led by Facebook fired a huge shot at Cisco. On Thursday, one of Cisco's oldest rivals, Juniper, jumped in to back Facebook in a big way. The threat to Cisco from Facebook went from huge to enormous. The shot was a new piece of networking equipment called the Wedge, which pushed Facebook into the $23 billion Ethernet switch market, currently dominated by Cisco. Facebook's switch isn't just a radically new way to buy a piece of hardware, it's also part of a radically new way to design networks called software-defined networking. SDN takes all the fancy features found in networking equipment and puts them into software that runs on servers. You still need the network equipment, but you need less of it and less expensive varieties. Facebook's involvement with SDN will encourage them to do just that.

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