OCP (Open Compute Project) and TIP (Telecom Infra Project)
Due to their scale, rapid growth and prodigious resources, cloud services are at the forefront of data center facility and equipment design. While some, like AWS are notably quiet about the details, others, particularly Facebook, Microsoft and to a lesser extent Google have openly shared technology trying to prod the industry to develop cloud-optimized products. Facebook got things going by releasing detailed specifications for rack-scale systems, a move that culminated with the establishment of the Open Compute Project. The foundation now includes many of the leading cloud service providers, equipment manufacturers and large enterprise IT users including Apple, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Google, Intel, HP, Microsoft and Rackspace. Facebook was also instrumental in founding the Telecom Infrastructure Project with the goal of catalyzing the development of new technologies and spurring investments in telecom network infrastructure.
Big Switch, Canonical, Cumulus
In 2017, Big Switch, Canonical and Cumulus Networks each announced support for the Wedge platform while Barefoot Networks announced a new switch product based on the Wedge 100. Together these show the increasing momentum behind open, scalable, high performance (100G) switch products.
Over the past 18 months Facebook unveiled updates to its Wedge ToR switch with support for 100G and FBOSS switch OS along with a new, modular Backpack switch for the network core. It also continued to contribute FBOSS and other code to the Open Network Linux (ONL) project (started by Big Switch) which has created a platform-independent, disaggregated switch OS. And at the 2018 March OCP Summit, FaceBook unveiled its distributed network system called the Fabric Aggregator, a stack of multiple Wedge 100S switches controlled by FBOSS with four backplane cabling options to emulate classic chassis backplanes.