The Proof Is in The Facebook Data Center Pudding

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In case you missed it, Wired just exposed the elephant in the room with last week’s article on the next generation Facebook data center.

For years, anyone who’s had to build out or run a network has handed over large sums of money to the networking hardware titans, without the freedom to choose what to run on that hardware. But I’m sure if you’re someone who placed one of those orders, the thought crossed your mind if this was always going to be the norm.

Every time before you clicked or signed on that dotted line, you wondered whether it’s worth buying from the incumbents and playing in their locked-in world. Maybe deep down you had some burning desire to break away, but were afraid to stray from the blue chip way of life.

I feel your pain and it’s okay because we all want to maximize the value of our dollar. That’s why we all shop for the best choice and at the best price point; otherwise, we will just wait and buy another day.

I mean, you have the freedom to buy the servers you want, so why not have the freedom to buy the network gear that you want?

Frankly, the new Facebook data center just proved that you can without waiting for a Black Friday or Cyber Monday fire sale at Cisco, Juniper, or Arista.

Tucked away in Altoona, Iowa, is more than a building with optics and networking gear inside. It is undeniable proof that you can build your network tailored to your needs and at the price point that you like.

So break out the champagne and enjoy some pudding too.

You, your team, and your company can embrace an unlocked world.

Your network no longer needs to be cumbersome, expensive, and out of your control.

We are living in a brave new ONIE world and the best part about it is you don’t need to be Facebook to live in this world too.

Cumulus Networks and our partners have already done the legwork for you with a global supply chain that brings the box from the factory floor to your door.

So relax, it’s easier than going to IKEA because we offer world-class support.

Buy > Boot > Install > Buckle Up for Hyper Growth

Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) s an open source initiative that defines an open “install environment” for bare metal network switches.

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