One Network Operating System To Rule Them All
TheNextPlatform, July 22nd, 2020
August 2, 2020,
Volume 268, Issue 5

Networks may not be the most expensive thing in the datacenter - they typically comprise about 10 percent to 15 percent of the cost of a distributed system, including cables, transceivers, switches, and routers - but they are without a doubt the most complex part of distributed systems

Timothy Prickett Morgan writes in TheNextPlatform, "And anything that can cut down on both complexity and cost at the same time should have a fairly easy time selling in the datacenter.

This is, after all, how chip makers like Broadcom (eaten by Avago, which took its name), Fulcrum Microsystems (eaten by Intel and then largely ignored), and Mellanox Technologies (eaten by Nvidia and now the cornerstone of its datacenter-as-computer strategy) paved the way for merchant silicon for datacenter switching more than a decade ago, and this is how newer merchant silicon suppliers such as Innovium (not acquired yet) and Barefoot Networks (eaten by Intel last year) have been able to carve their niches as well..."

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