Facebook Makes Its Own Computer Networking Switch

No kidding.

I have a little more appreciation for the company.

In pretty short order, Facebook is out to shake up big parts of what makes the Internet go.

On Wednesday, the social media giant announced that it had created a new kind of computer networking switch, potentially capable of shifting data rapidly through the largest data centers.

The machine also blends functions of a computer server within a network device, which could make it a much easier product for lots of engineers to work with.

It could be a big deal, since a successful product like this could threaten the market control, and profit margins, of companies like Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Arista Networks. Facebook built the product in modules and plans to make it available through open source by the end of this year. It could make networking, one of the last great arcane computer engineering disciplines, go mainstream.

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