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.
It’s an inevitable situation…you’re stuck in a store, hotel, or restaurant trying to search up something online... you have terrible cell reception and no Wi-Fi. It’s happened to the best of us, and it’s exasperating watching, and waiting as nothing loads. Fortunately, Cisco and Jasper have teamed up to provide a solution that seems to fit the bill. Restaurants, hotels, and other businesses are spending a lot to provide customers with free Wi-Fi. Facebook and Cisco have teamed up to help recoup those costs by asking users to check-in to get Internet access.
Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM & Cisco sell over $100 billion in hardware each year. This total includes servers, storage and networking products. If you add to that security and data analytic systems and enterprise software, that figure goes way up.