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Arista Helps Facebook Reimagine Its Data Centers

March 14, 2019 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Facebook needed to “reimagine” its data centers to accommodate growing demand and limited power and space, executives said at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit today. The end result is two new modular switches: Minipack and a block switch jointly developed with Arista.The companies contributed both Minipack and the Arista 7368X4 switch to OCP. The Arista 7368X4 runs Arista’s EOS operating system, Facebook’s FBOSS operating system, “or any other operating system you like,” said Arista Networks COO Anshul Sadana.It has a four-rack unit design and all active components are removable. Compared to a traditional modular platform, it doubles system density with a 60 percent reduction in power at under 10 watts per 100 G port, the companies say. This high-density, low-power platform was increasingly important to Facebook as it looked to accommodate massive demand — more than 2.6 billion people now use its services — within the physical constraints of power and real estate coupled wi...