We first talked about Facebook’s Open Compute Project back in June of last year in our blog post, “Will Cisco Survive Facebook? Sure they will, but it is going to get interesting.” After last week’s Open Compute Summit it is time to broach the subject once again. Facebook announced that it will be making big changes in its data centers this year. Changes that will no doubt rock a few of the incumbents like Cisco, Juniper, and Brocade, as they move away from conventional networking suppliers.
Frankly, Facebook’s vision of an open-source data center sounds less and less crazy every day. The Open Compute concept has been quickly gaining momentum for the last several years, as vendors have been coming around to the idea and signing up as partners. The Open Compute Project, started by Facebook, is an open source effort to redesign data centers and the hardware that resides in them. Facebook’s Jay Parikh, the company’s vice president of infrastructure, announced that the company has saved $1.2 billion over the last three years redesigning its data centers. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, talked about how the company has made clear strides as a result of the project at the conference as well.
There have been many companies that have tried to compete with the great Cisco and failed. Nortel, Aruba Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, and 3com just to name a few have all tried to go toe-to-toe with Cisco and have been left in the dust. On the other hand, there have been a select few who have managed to thrive despite Cisco’s obvious dominance. Here are 5 that have prevailed…
DNA tagging technology, recently described by Fox News has clear potential to help electronic supply chains police their own goods. The sooner this technology is deployed by manufacturers supplying to major markets, and not just to the DOD, the better. End users should be aware that this technology exists and demand that their vendors utilize this process. (Or alternatives with similar advantages)
Cloud services, be they private clouds, public clouds, or even traditional hosted services are themselves just as vulnerable as ordinary data centers to infrastructure problems of water, power, access, and adequate disaster backup. Hurricane Sandy has taken an unexpected toll on Cloud services, highlighting the importance of picking the physical location of the underlying assets.
Brocade Communications Systems is known as an IT networking company, but that may all change. Thanks to a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, they may quickly become better known to football fans! Brocade, based in San Jose, has signed a deal to provide the wireless technology for the new 49ers stadium, which is to be built on Tasman Drive in the heart of Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara.
On March 6th, Brocade, an industry leader in providing reliable, high-performance network solutions, introduced two new campus LAN switches, the ICX 6430 Switch and ICX 6450 Switch, filling out what the company can offer businesses with campus networks. They are designed to simplify the campus network edge by easing operations and management.
With Wall Street having a strong rally in stocks that began in October, there is now renewed optimism that technology spending has also returned. According to IDC (International Data Corporation), the giant technology intelligence firm, tech spending rose 5% in 2011, and is expected to rise another 5% in 2012. When IT budgets start to increase, very few companies beyond those directly involved in networking are more deserving of those dollars. Undoubtedly, the increased spending will produce resurgence in some of the technology sector's biggest names.