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Next-generation data center networking is being driven by #opensource hardware and software initiatives that are often led by web titans like #Google, #Facebook, #Microsoft, and #LinkedIn, according to a new report from SDxCentral. These web companies are crucial because they can handle the processing, networking, and storage capacity required to serve millions to billions of users, according to SDxCentral’s Next Gen Data Center Networking Report. As a result, these companies and others have moved from proprietary networking devices, to open and streamlined hardware based on merchant silicon, the report says. Here is a look at how these companies and open source projects are influencing next-gen data center networking, as highlighted by SDxCentral’s report.

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