Standards have always been a critical part of networking. After all, without interoperable protocols, networking is useless. And so we’ve turned to IEEE, IETF, ITU, ETSI, MEF and other standards organizations in the past to help define connectivity standards. That will continue for certain, but in the meantime, the evolution of the NGDCN is also driven by open-source hardware and software organizations, led often by the web titans like FaceBook, Microsoft, Google and LinkedIn.
To understand how NGDCN will evolve, it’s important understand two major elements. Firstly, what major projects are underway at the web titans and secondly, how these projects will migrate to new open-source organizations like Linux Foundation and the OCP (and for some components, the OpenStack Foundation).
We’ll start by taking a brief look at NGDCN efforts at the web titans, whom we believe to be crucial in driving innovation in the NGDCN. And while this first edition of our report focuses on US-centric web properties, SDxCentral expects that the web giants in China like the big three (BAT): Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, will help drive innovation in data centers in the future.
Next Gen Networks at the Web Titans: A 6-Pack of Wedge, Firehose, Watchtower, Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Altair, Olympus and more
Leading the charge to data center evolution are those who had no choice but to innovate to keep their businesses growing and their applications humming. FaceBook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft Azure, and other major web titans all faced significant challenges in scaling up their data centers. As a result, their internal data center teams drove significant innovation, changing data center network architectures from Fat Tree to multi-stage leaf-spine Clos networks, moving from more proprietary networking devices and large chassis-based designs to leaner, open and streamlined hardware based on merchant silicon.
Google’s Next Gen Data Center Network