Recently, Facebook revealed their new networking switch, "Wedge", at the GigaOm Structure tech conference in the end of June. It is a new top-of-rack networking switch. They also unveiled their new Linux-based operating software for that switch, FBOSS. The Wedge and FBOSS allow for a new level of automation, visibility, and control in the operation of the network by breaking down the hardware and software components of the network even further. With this new reveal, speculation is circling about how this will impact Cisco and the other networking vendors.
When it comes to switches nobody ever wants to make one, but luckily in the networking world “switches” are a good thing. The problem only lies in deciding which one to choose. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just walking into the store, looking for the best looking switch, and grabbing it off the shelf. With so many choices and features the task of sorting through, narrowing it down and finally taking the plunge can be daunting. Here are a few considerations to make the task a little bit easier.
Many couldn't help but chuckle when venture backed, two-year-old startup SalesCruch recently offered Cisco $1 - yes, you read that correctly, that's one dollar - plus 15 percent in the online meeting platform to take WebEx off its hands. SalesCrunch officials submitted this unsolicited bid on March 13th in an effort to "help" the networking giant further focus on its core business and stated that Cisco and WebEx's more than 5 million users will all benefit. Cisco didn't take the offer very seriously, however, releasing a brief statement in response that said, "This is a cute publicity stunt from SalesCrunch, and we appreciate that they like our technology, but we have no intention of selling WebEx."