Article: Now that networking’s open, what’s next?

Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Now that networking’s open, what’s next?

Networking hardware and spontaneous applause don’t often go together, but Facebook’s Omar Baldonado set off a round of cheering this week when he told engineers there’s finally an open-source hardware design that they can use to build switches.

It was a goal the Open Compute Project had been working toward since mid-2013, and though the breakthrough happened late last year, Baldonado’s speech at the organization’s summit in San Jose, Calif. was an occasion for line-rate, no-packets-barred celebration.

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