Facebook unveils an Open Source Optical Networking Device

November 9, 2016 7:36 pm | Updated 4 years ago.

At the Structure 2016 conference in San Francisco, this Tuesday, Facebook unveiled its most sophisticated and powerful modular data center switch. This switch will address spikes in data- intensive communications. This is the first time Facebook launched open source telecom hardware. This switch will be used to link data centers at different places using a high-speed optical networking system across large geographical distances. This device is called the ‘Voyager’ and is often described as the first white-box transponder.

Voyager is part of Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project (TIP). It is similar in some ways to the company’s Open Commute Project (OCP) for computer hardware. In order to launch OCP about five years ago, Facebook had to join hands with other technological giants like Microsoft, Apple, and Intel. According to Facebook, this device is a game changer which will open networks to an entire range of customers.

Source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/facebook-voyager-network/